More about Spiritual Direction
In considering the ministry of spiritual direction, you begin from where
you are in your quest to live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through your
For someone just beginning the spiritual journey, spiritual direction
offers insight and reflection into the fundamentals of committed prayer and
what it means to live a sacramental and communal life of faith.
For those a little more advanced, spiritual direction focuses on a
deepening life of prayer and a more serious discernment of one’s gifts in
service to God and His Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church shows us the
parallel between the life of prayer and spiritual direction. It explains
spiritual direction as a charism given to some of the faithful, the gifts of
wisdom, faith, and discernment for the sake of the common good, which is prayer.
Additionally, we pray as
we live because we live as we pray. Spiritual direction serves our following of
Jesus and our spreading of his message, our coming to Him and our going out
from Him. (CCC 2527)
Prayer is not just what
takes place consciously but includes how God works in our heart beyond what we
are perceptibly aware of.
The Fathers of the Church
recognized that no one is an island, that we cannot walk alone in our spiritual
life. Spiritual Direction provides that “other” for us, so we do not rely
solely on ourselves.
Direction can help you recognize where God is moving in your life and to
discern his voice among the many voices that compete for your attention each