After a while, the person begins to move toward more certainty about a decision. He commits more deeply to the process by working with the Vocation Director to set a time-frame for making a decision about formally applying to the Society of Jesus.
Prayer, and spiritual direction are the guides at this stage. He begins to share his experience with other discerners in a group or a retreat. Regular conferences with the Vocation Director can confirm this movement. The man continues to feel a strong desire to apply to the Society and expresses this desire to the Vocation Director.
- Trust — The person must always seek openness, generosity and willingness to trust the promptings of the Lord.
- Act — At some point, the person surrenders the decision into God’s hands, and takes a step. The person begins to “test the waters” by talking more openly with trusted friends and family.