St. Francis of Assisi tells us, “Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” Sometimes, though, we need help getting to that place of peace. If you are seeking a fuller life in God, spiritual direction may be a useful tool in your faith journey.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is a ministry of conversation between two people, where one believer has been trained to use “holy listening” and help the other grow in their ability to hear God’s personal communication. Spiritual direction focuses on how we encounter the Holy One in our lives. Through one-on-one sessions, the spiritual director helps the directee to look closely at their life to discern God’s presence and direction, engage in prayer, and move more deeply into relationship with God.
Who is Spiritual Direction For?
Spiritual direction is for anyone seeking to grow in relationship with God. It may be particularly useful if you wish to:
- Explore new ways to pray or reenergize your prayer life
- Integrate spirituality into your daily life
- Learn to identify and trust your experiences of God
- Discern God’s will in your life and direction in important decisions
What happens in Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual directors meet with a directee periodically, usually in a one-hour session. During those sessions, the director will ask reflective questions and listen attentively to help you notice the ways God is acting in your life. You will learn to see the connections between your life and God’s action, focus on the experience of being in contact with God, and reflect on your interior life as the Holy One moves within and around you.
Where does Spiritual Direction take place?
Spiritual direction takes place either at St. Francis of Assisi in a meeting space arranged with your director or via Zoom.
How is it different from pastoral counseling or psychotherapy?
While all three begin with one person seeking help from another and happen in an atmosphere of trust and confidentiality, the purpose of spiritual direction is different. As William Barry, SJ, notes, “Counseling and psychotherapy focus on the difficulties people have in their personal and professional lives… Spiritual direction focuses on what happens when a person attends to the relationship with God.”
How can I learn more?
If you feel called to explore spiritual direction, please contact Gladys Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Spiritual Direction ‘Come and See’ Sessions:
You may also want to sign up for a virtual info Session on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:30 pm OR Thursday, Nov. 11th at 1:00 pm. These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about spiritual direction and meet several of the spiritual directors offering this ministry in our parish. We hope you will “Come and See” what it is all about. Registration is through Realm and you can follow the instructions below on how to Register.
Getting Registered for Upcoming Spiritual Direction ‘Come and See’ Session
Watch our Video Tutorial!
View this brief video tutorial on how to register for K-12 Formation on the Realm web version. Registration is similar for Spiritual Direction ‘Come and See’ Click the video below to get started.
Getting registered for Spiritual Direction ‘Come and See’ session requires logging into Realm
Follow the steps below to begin registration using Realm
Step 1: Log in to Realm on either the web version or the Realm Connect app (You must first log in to Realm in order to register for a Spiritual Direction ‘Come and See’ Session).
Step 2: Click on the Events tab (left side of your screen) or the Events Icon in the Realm Connect app.
Step 3: Click on “All Events”, locate the name Spiritual Direction ‘Come and See’
Step 4: Click on the event to get started
If you need additional help, please view the video tutorial.