What is Spiritual Direction?
“. . . ‘direction’ does not mean one person telling another what to do . It refers simply to the seeker’s orientation. Thus ‘direction’ is the goal of the interpersonal relationship, not its means.” Elizabeth Liebert, Changing Patterns : Adult Development in Spiritual Direction
“It may include: 1) helping someone learn to pray, 2) listening for or noticing God’s activity, 3) discernment for decision-making, 4) becoming aware of images of God that influence the developing relationship and, 5) bringing wounds or life patterns to God for healing”.
Bread of Life Center, Davis, CA
A confidential relationship in which a spiritual companion “assists another to develop and come to maturity in the life of the spirit: that is, in the life of faith, hope and love." John Wright, SJ, A Discussion on Spiritual Direction
". . . a formal one-to-one relationship. . . the one helping the other to discern the work of the Lord in his or her life and to distinguish among the various forces or 'spirits' which seem to beckon in different directions. . . . The director may be seen . . . simply as an informed human being who represents a channel of grace." Gerald May, MD., Care of Mind /Care of Spirit
Quotations on Spiritual Direction above were compiled by Ann Dillon, Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center.