Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?

Q.     What is prayer?
A.     Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.
Q.     What is Christian Prayer?
A.     Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through  Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. (bcp)

Spiritual Direction

As a person matures in the Christian faith so does their prayer life and having a person who listens and guides can be very constructive.

The Henri Nouwen Society defines it this way:

“Spiritual Direction is the simple gift of offering to another the gentle but tenacious encouragement to open fully to God’s loving presence, and to discern the action of the Spirit in every aspect of life. This encouragement comes from a “spiritual director,” a person who has long and deep experience in living a spiritual life.”

Below is the definition offered by the Shalom Institute:

Spiritual Direction is sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an ongoing relationship in which one person (the directee), desirous of being attentive to his or her spiritual life, meets with another person (the director) on a regular basis (approximately once a month), specifically for the purpose of becoming more attuned to God's Presence in order to respond more fully to that Presence in all of life.

The primary focus of the session is the directee's relationship with God as it is reflected and challenged by all aspects of that person's life.

The directee assumes responsibility for his or her life with God. This means that the person coming for direction is trying to be serious about some form of intentional prayer and reflection on the God-currents of everyday life and prayer. During the meeting of about one hour, director and directee seek to enter a prayerful atmosphere where together they can be attentive to the Holy Spirit who is in fact the Real Director.

Asking your clergy person or friends is the best place to start looking for a spiritual director, or you may follow one of the below links.

www.sdiworld.org

www.shalem.org

www.henrinouwen.org