Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is an opportunity to go deeper in your prayer, to help you discern what God is asking of you at this point in your life. Meeting regularly with your spiritual director will help you become aware of and respond to the presence of God in your prayer and in your daily life experiences.

If you have been experiencing a growing desire to know God more personally and to love Him more deeply, Spiritual Direction might be for you! Everyone who is seriously committed to his or her spiritual journey is encouraged to take advantage of this ministry; there is no cost to participate.

Keep reading to learn more, or contact Deacon Tom Sandusky or Megan Nagel to take the next step.

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 Catholic faith. 

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. (CCC 2690)

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. 

Spiritual 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 day.

  • Spiritual Direction is a privileged moment to reflect with another on your relationship with God, and your response to God’s calls as they unfold in your daily life.
  • The focus of spiritual direction is your life with God as it is lived out in all of your experiences.
  • It is a process of coming home to your deepest self.

ABout Deacon Tom Sandusky

Deacon Tom was ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2013. He has a BBA from Washburn University in Topeka, KS; an MBA from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO; a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill Jesuit College in Mobile, AL; and has completed studies for the MA Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He previously served as a spiritual director at Ignatius House, the Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA and currently coordinates the Ministry of Spiritual Direction for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He has served as a spiritual director and has given the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius since 2014. Deacon Tom and his wife Susie moved to Highlands Ranch, CO from Atlanta, GA in 2016. They have been married for 47 years and have two married children with families who live in the metro Denver area together with their four grandchildren. Deacon Tom has served at Pax Christi Catholic Community since his relocation to the diocese in 2016.

About Megan Nagel

Megan has a BA in Sociology from Regis University; an MA in Pastoral and Spiritual Care and a Certification in Benedictine Spiritual Direction. She has been a Spiritual Director since 2017, serving parishioners in both the Diocese of Colorado Springs and the Archdiocese of Denver. Megan also works in the Parish Office as the Ministry Liaison helping with welcoming people to the office and parish, retreats, funerals, and some liturgical planning. Megan and her husband, Scott, have been married for 25 years and have one child in college and two in high school. She and her family have lived in Highlands Ranch for over 23 years.