First Freedom Blog

Reflections on religious freedom.

Discernment

By Christopher Kaczor

Discernment is the process of determination about how to carry out God’s will in a concrete situation. Questions of discernment can be difficult, particularly when there are serious consequences for ourselves and others resulting from our decision. In matters of religious freedom, these questions are often especially difficult because they tend to be complex. For example, a conscientious objector who is drafted into the military not only has to make a judgement about the use of violence in war, but also must make a judgement about civil disobedience to the legal draft. The objector’s judgement about violence in this context takes on a public significance, which must be taken into account as part of the discernment process. 

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God's Servant First Archive

2019

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To Be More Surely United with Thee, Aaron Mathew Weldon
September 24, 2019

Student Organizations Strengthen Campus Life, Aaron Matthew Weldon
August 14, 2019

The Sacred Heart of Jesus - A Reign of Love, by Sr. Theresa Marie Nguyen, O.P.
June 11, 2019

Religious Minorities Under Siege in Myanmar, Virgina Farris, with Matthew Wilch
June 5, 2019

Sports and Religious Freedom: Challenges and Opportunities Today, Jennifer Bryson
May 29, 2019

Freedom of the Church and the Equality Act, Aaron Matthew Weldon
April 11, 2019

Religious Freedom: The Mission of Our Latter-Day Francis, Daniel Philpott
March 5, 2019

Religious Tests and American Pluralism, Aaron Matthew Weldon
January 30, 2019

2018

Advent and the Bladensburg Cross, Aaron Matthew Weldon
December 20, 2018

Solemnity of Christ the King Reflections
November 2018

Religious Freedom: A Strategy for Security, Daniel Philpott
October 24, 2018

Restoring the Church's Credibility, Aaron Matthew Weldon
September 25, 2018

Christians, Wake Up to Nigeria! Part 2: How do Christians in Nigeria Respond to Persecution, Daniel Philpott
August 29, 2018

Christians, Wake Up to Nigeria! Part 1: Persecution of Christians in Nigeria, Daniel Philpott
August 24, 2018

Inclusion Act myths and reality, Aaron Matthew Weldon
July 25, 2018

Catholic organizations serve the common good, Aaron Matthew Weldon
May 24, 2018

The middle, Tyler Lomnitzer
April 27, 2018

Our hope is in the Lord who brings life out of death, Aaron Matthew Weldon
March 26, 2018

Conscience and dignity, Aaron Matthew Weldon
February 21, 2018

The generosity of the Lomnitzers, Tyler Lomnitzer
January 19, 2018

New FEMA policy helps, but disaster relief fairness should be law, Aaron Matthew Weldon
January 12, 2018

2017

Our King of Peace, Aaron Matthew Weldon
December 14, 2017

Pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, Aaron Matthew Weldon
November 21, 2017

Access to truth, Aaron Matthew Weldon
October 27, 2017

A real rebuild, Aaron Matthew Weldon
September 27, 2017

Eliminating difference? Aaron Matthew Weldon
August 22, 2017

Not by bread alone, Rebecca Samuel Shah
July 24, 2017

Maybe the cure is the problem, Aaron Matthew Weldon
May 25, 2017

Trinity Lutheran should not face discrimination because it is a church, Aaron Matthew Weldon
April 18, 2017