Spiritual direction is “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 the consequences of the relationship.” (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)
Spiritual Direction is a conversational relationship in which one Christian – who has been or is being trained in the “art” of Spiritual direction – serves as a companion to another Christian on the journey of faith, enabling and encouraging that person to do the things outlined in the quote above, from The Practice of Spiritual Direction: pay attention, respond, grow, and live out what they are hearing and experiencing in their relationship with God.
The term “director” is a bit of a misnomer, because in fact the director does not direct – it is God who directs – and the director comes alongside the directee to notice, to make suggestions, to reflect back what the directee is already hearing, seeing, noticing, thinking. Spiritual direction is not problem solving or counseling, but noticing where someone senses that God is present and active or absent and quiet, and then deciding how to respond.
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