What is Spiritual Direction?
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a spiritual director prayerfully invites a person to become more aware of God’s presence and communication in the context of their daily lives. Through attentive listening and discernment, the director intentionally provides a space for a person to respond and grow in intimacy with God.
How can Spiritual Direction help?
Spiritual Direction invites a person, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to seek a more intentional relationship with God. This is a journey of deepening in one’s intimacy with God through prayer and becoming more intentional in one’s walk with God. A spiritual director will assist in discerning the movements of the Holy Spirit as you are guided to make decisions, both small and large. This personal guidance produces a growth of inner freedom and reveals blind spots or obstacles that can hinder a relationship with God.
Is Spiritual Direction for me?
Spiritual direction is for anyone intentionally seeking to deepen their relationship with God. A person with a willingness to make time for regular periods of prayer, an openness to inviting God further into your daily decisions, and a desire to discover God in both the complexities and joys in one’s life is an excellent candidate for Spiritual Direction.
Who are Spiritual Directors?
Spiritual Directors are certified and trained men and women who may be clergy, religious or the lay faithful. Spiritual Directors must receive training from a variety of accredited institutions and have experience in accompanying others in their life of faith.
A Spiritual Director should have the following qualities…
Takes the spiritual life with God seriously and has walked in relationship with the Lord for an extensive amount of time
Attentive and careful listener, directee is priority
Seeking always the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the TRUE director
Theologically and spiritually grounded in their pastoral identity and humbly seeks to grow in their own ongoing formation; however, their primary role is not as theologian or catechist
Help you to discern and offer feedback.
Be in spiritual direction and supervision themselves
We encourage you to seek personal recommendations from others already in spiritual direction, as well as, from your pastor, clergy, or other religious and from your local retreat center.
It is important to note that since this is a relationship based on freedom, if you seek a spiritual director consistent with your theological foundation (ex: individual seeking Catholic Spiritual Director faithful to the traditions of the Church), consider interviewing the potential director.