|1. Vocation Director 
2. Daily Mass 
5. Daily Prayer 
|6. Devotion to the Blessed Mother 
7. Get Involved 
Discernment is an art and it is learned by doing, not just by reading about it. It is a function of an individual’s personal relationship with the Lord. When we desire to do God’s will, are willing to be open to God and have a solid knowledge of God, then discernment is possible. Therefore, prayer is an essential component to the process of discernment. To be a truly discerning person, we need to be humble, charitable and courageous. As we become more familiar with the Lord in prayer, we will come to know that the “still small voice” speaks in peace, never in turmoil, anxiety or restlessness.
Some practical suggestions which will help you discern God’s call are:
1. Vocation Director – In order to obtain further information about seminary and priestly life, contact the Vocation Director for your diocese. Regular meetings/discussions with the director may also help you uncover God’s will for your life. In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, contact Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer at 513-421-3131, 1-800-686-2724,or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Daily Mass – To discern God’s call, you are encouraged to participate in the daily celebration of Mass so that you can grow in your relationship with the Lord through frequent reception of the Blessed Sacrament.
3. Sacrament of Penance – The celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is the way in which one attempts to live a more holy life, through the frequent confession of sins and reception of the merciful grace of God. Regular use of this sacrament will guide you to a deeper understanding of where your greatest struggles are in life and will provide you with God’s grace to gain mastery over those weaknesses. Perhaps begin by receiving the sacrament monthly. Many of the holiest people of our time went to weekly confession, including Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.
Praying in the Presence of Our Lord series  by Fr. Benedict Groeschel (available at any Catholic bookstore).
To find a parish in your area of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati with regular Eucharistic Adoration times, click on the map below:
Divine Office ,” which is a set of prayers said each day by priests and religious across the world. Compact forms of the “Divine Office ” are provided in the book Shorter Christian Prayer  available from Catholic Book Publishing (New York) or in the monthly magazine Magnificat , both of which can be found at a Catholic bookstore. The books Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within  and Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Within  by Fr. Thomas Dubay are wonderful guides for deepening one’s prayer life.
6. Devotion to the Blessed Mother – Pray the rosary daily, or at least pray some Hail Marys. Seeking the powerful intercession of the Blessed Mother is especially recommended in the discernment process.
7. Get Involved – In Matthew Chapter 25, our Lord welcomes into paradise those that have put their faith into action by helping people in need (the hungry, homeless, etc). Get involved in some form of service with the Church. There are many ways to get involved including outreach to the poor (e.g. St. Vincent De Paul Society), helping with Parish School Religion (PSR) programs, youth groups, lectoring at Mass and visiting the sick or elderly. These are all ways to get a taste of “ministry” and may increase your desire for ministry and service.
Revised Standard Version Ignatius Bible and begin with the Gospels. The Navarre Bible  and the new Ignatius Study Bible  are versions published book by book with extensive notes and commentaries that help us understand Christ’s teaching. After the Holy Bible, the next critical book is The Catechism of the Catholic Church . This is the primary source for official Church teaching on just about every issue you will face in your day to day life. Finally, read works written by great saints. The more you get to know them from their own words, the more “real” they will become to you. You will realize that your struggles are not very different from their struggles. Some good ones to begin with include John Paul II’s Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination , St. Augustine’s Confessions , St. Francis De Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life , St. Teresa of Avila’s The Way of Perfection , The Life of Teresa of Avila , St. Alphonsus Ligouri’s The Duties and Dignity of the Priest , The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ  and St. Therese of Liseux’s Story of a Soul .
9. Spiritual Direction – Speaking with a priest or qualified individual trained in spiritual direction about one’s prayer life and seeking advice from this person on a regular basis can be very helpful as one discerns their vocation. Be very selective in whom you approach for spiritual direction. Pray fervently to the Holy Spirit to guide you to the best director possible and find out as much as you can about the spiritual maturity of potential directors. Seek someone who is deeply prayerful, loves the Church, loves their own vocation and has a mature understanding of the struggles involved in moving closer to God.
10. Discernment Programs – Attend discernment retreats at seminaries or other discernment events hosted by your diocesan vocations office. Visit seminaries and meet the priests and other seminarians. These are valuable activities that will give greater clarity to God’s call.