Spiritual direction is an ancient ministry rooted in our Catholic faith. It is found in the book of Wisdom with Solomon, in the Gospel stories in the life of Christ, and in the desert Fathers and Mothers. It is even found with some of the Saints such as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales and many, many more.)
Spiritual Direction explores the deeper, more spiritual aspect of what it means to be human. As a “Directee” one journeys with a trained “Spiritual Director”, one on one, and shares their stories, fears, hopes and desires in a safe, confidential and sacred environment, their relationships with God grows. Spiritual direction is not only concerned about relationships with God however it also concerns itself with the bringing about the Kingdom of God. The Paschal Mystery (the passion, death and Resurrection) takes a central place in the Ministry of Spiritual Direction. The goal is to always live in accordance to the will of God.
Spiritual Direction is for those who desire “to know thy self” more fully, and the desire to grow into who God made them to be. They have a hunger to live more fully in peace, compassion and as humble servants living out the purpose that God created them for. No activity, suffering relationship, good or bad action is off limits from being brought to spiritual direction. Always the question would be: “where is God in this?” The beautiful by-product of spiritual direction is freedom….the freedom to become the unique individual who God already sees them to be. The term “spiritual direction” may sound like advice, orders or direction is given from one person to another however the true Director is the Holy Spirit. God is the one who directs, guides and heals. He is the Savior of all.
The privilege and the responsibility of the director is to journey with you as discover, self, God and others. Typically, spiritual Direction is once a month and the meetings last one hour. Meetings are at the Ministry Center here at St Gabriel on the 3rd floor.
What are the gifts of Spiritual Direction? They are numerous. However some may include discernment during a difficult time, sharing your experiences of God, integrating spirituality in your daily life, sharing hopes, struggles and loss, developing a thirst for justice and a concern for the poor, and living more fully this life.
Some questions to ask a Spiritual Director
1. What is your experience as a Spiritual Director?
2. Where did you train for Spiritual Direction? …And for how long?
3. How do you continue your education and supervision for your Spiritual Direction Ministry?
4. What is your personal experience tending to your own prayer and Spiritual life?
5. What is the difference between Spiritual Direction and counseling?
Questions? Contact Kathy Diener, Spiritual Director, at email@example.com or 704.362.5047 ext. 230.