Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a relationship in which a trained spiritual director assists another, or others, in attending to God's presence and call. It is a process that helps every person realize her or his own soul freedom and helps everyone accept the responsibility of developing a relationship with God. Some spiritual guidance practices that strengthen this relationship include spoken and extemporaneous prayer; dialogue on scripture, faith practice, and mission; personal study and interpretation of scripture; silence and meditation.

A spiritual director offers a person the meaningful experience of deepening his or her relationship with God and to grow in their own personal spirituality. This journey develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It is not psychotherapy or counseling. The Institute's spiritual directors provide a safe and nurturing environment for this quest for a closer sense of the Divine Other.

Spiritual direction can mean different things to different people. Some understand it to be the art of listening experienced in the context of a trusting relationship. It is a process of companionship by a trained and competent guide who listends for the movement of the Holy, of the Divine in the person's life story. Spiritual direction can occur individually or in a group dedicated to the awakening of the spiritual in everyday life. It provides support and nurture as persons seek to have a deeper relationship with the sacred through all phases of life.

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