Within each of us dwells the desire to find meaning beyond the moment…
to discover our true selves…
to grow closer to God
and to one another.
A spiritual director can help
You satisfy that longing.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction encourages you to explore a relationship with the Mystery that many name, God. In the midst of the busy life, many people find it difficult to notice God’s action in their daily affairs. Yet, at the deepest level, all of us long for a more conscious experience of God’s presence and love.
What does Spiritual Direction attempt to accomplish?
Discerning God’s Presence
In spiritual direction, you reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize God’s presence and grace in your life. You may come to realize how God’s spirit is truly with you every day and everywhere. You discover that God has seen waiting for you to seek this closer relationship.
Spiritual direction is not about being directed. Rather, it is about being encouraged to draw closer to God. If you are uncomfortable with God language, you are not alone. You are free in spiritual direction to speak about spirituality in language that is significant to you. Spiritual direction invites you into this relationship whether you attend a church, mosque, synagogue, temple or none of these. God seeks you where you are.
Gifts of Spiritual Direction
You might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to:
• Identify and trust your own spiritual experiences
• Integrate spirituality into your daily life
• Discern and make difficult choices
• Share your hopes, struggles, and losses
• Develop a sensitivity for justice and concern for others
• Discover the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity
Who is a Spiritual Director?
The privilege and responsibility of a spiritual director is to journey with you as you deepen your relationship with God. The journey takes places in the context of confidential one on one or group sessions with your spiritual companion.
Most spiritual directors have formation and training and are seasoned in the art of spiritual direction. Spiritual directors continue tending their spiritual life by engaging in ongoing education, confidential supervision, and also meeting regularly with a spiritual director.
You and your spiritual director will agree on a convenient location and time for meeting, usually once a month for an hour.
After three or four sessions, you will have the opportunity to evaluate the relationship. Whether you relationship with the spiritual director continues for many years or for only a short a period of time, it is very important to be comfortable with the spiritual director you choose. What is shared between you is held in confidence (there are only two exceptions to the confidentiality rule: if you state you are a harm to yourself or another person, or if any abuse of a minor is reported).
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