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Virtue of the Week: Discernment

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Discernment is accessing the wisdom of our intuition to discover what is essential and true. Detaching from our desire to rush decisions, we seek to distinguish the true from the false, the facts from our assumptions, and then choose the best path. Reflecting in silence creates space for our deepest perceptions. With contemplative vigilance, we open ourselves to clarity.

We listen deeply for the true questions, trusting that the answer will unfold and reveal itself when the time is right. We become alert to the messages that come in subtle and surprising ways. We hold decisions lightly until the truth emerges. Discernment empowers us to be guided by Grace.

Quote: “Reflection and action must never be undertaken independently.” —

Paulo Friere

The Practice of Discernment

I trust my inner vision.

I seek full information.

I release the pressure to decide by determination alone

I take time for reflection and prayer.

I hone my intuition.

I am alert to the signs placed in my path

I am open to revelation.

I am thankful for the gift of Discernment.

It leads me to the truth.

Questions for Discussion

  • What is our community’s vision around social justice?
  • What full information is missing in terms of our social justice work?
  • Is there something impeding reflection and action in terms of our social justice work?
  • How do we amplify discernment in our social justice work?
  • How can we leave space for silent reflection?

The Virtues Project is provided by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands in partnership with Virtues Matter.

Virtues Matter was started by a wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit www.virtuesmatter.com

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