Our real Spiritual Director is the Holy Spirit, yet sometimes in all the busyness and noise, it is hard for us to hear that voice. When we stop and really listen, we can see that not only is God there, but he’s also moving us and calling us over and over in the little things in our lives.
Spiritual Direction, also called Spiritual Companioning, is basically sacred listening to the story of our lives. It can happen in groups or in one-on-one sessions in which the companion helps you to listen to where and how God is present in your day-to-day experiences. Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry of the church that is for all of us, lay and religious, men and women. It was renewed by Vatican Council II.
People may come to Spiritual Direction because of a crisis such as death, divorce or illness. Others are referred to by a priest. You can also choose to come on your own. All you need is a desire to look more deeply at your life.
It allows you the time to be present and reflect on your life, your own sacred story. The result of Spiritual Direction can be an easier ability to recognize God’s Presence and Grace as you develop a closer relationship with God.
“We define Christian spiritual direction as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out of the consequences of this relationship.”
-William A Barry, SJ and William Connolly, SJ
For more information visit Spiritual Directors International