By Michael Peddecord, Member, California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
October 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- Discernment is the ability to judge well. In Judaic and Christian traditions, it can be understood as seeking spiritual direction and understanding prior to making a decision. Discernment can also be regarded as a spiritual gift allowing us to judge or appraise a person, statement, situation or proposal. To achieve this gift, one can be aided by reading scripture and informed texts, prayer, contemplation and discussion of the issue. Trusted spiritual advisors and religious leaders are also useful in discernment.