WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Spiritual direction is about the journey of your soul which seeks to
know God, self and others in a deep, loving way. It is about growing in
understanding your relationship with God. Your soul thirsts to know God
personally. Frequently, it takes another spiritual soul to walk with you
so God can mirror through them what your soul needs to know.
A spiritual director is someone you can talk with confidentially about
your prayer and spiritual life. Because every aspect of your daily life
affects your relationship with God, ordinary concerns such as work, ministry,
family, relationships, emotional hurts, joy, anger, sexual concerns, fears,
compulsions, addictions, dreams, etc. are properly shared in spiritual
direction. A director helps you explore the darkness of self-doubt, confusion,
fear and anger so that you are able to be free of what blocks you from
God's loving presence. You are helped to truly see yourself through God's
eyes as the gift you are.
Spiritual direction helps develop the gift of discernment, which enables
you to be more attentive to how God is leading and guiding you. You grow
in noticing the ways in which God is touching your life, directly or indirectly.
Some people dislike the term "spiritual direction" because
it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. They
prefer "spiritual companionship," or "tending the holy."
What you call it doesn't make any real difference. The reality remains:
it is conversation about your life in the light of faith.
The Manresa Chapel Court
an oil painting by Ronald R. Parry (1982)
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WHAT SPIRITUAL DIRECTION IS NOT
Spiritual direction is not counseling. It is not therapy. It is not financial
advice. It is for anyone who seeks a deeper, real relationship with God.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
A spiritual director is someone called to and well trained in this ministry.
She or he should be grounded in the Scriptures, sustained by a deep prayer
life, acquainted with the various ways of spirituality, and carefully
trained in the area of discernment. If she or he has experience or has
expertise in areas related to your life situation then this may make for
a good match. It is imperative that a spiritual director be in ongoing
HOW OFTEN DO I MEET WITH MY SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
Frequency of direction varies with individual need and circumstance.
Some people find that meeting every four weeks is ideal. Others require
more or less frequent sessions with their spiritual director.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
It is customary to offer a stipend to support the spiritual director
in this ministry. You and the director should discuss this during your
MUST I COME TO MANRESA TO MEET WITH A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR?
While there are spiritual directors who meet with persons at Manresa,
there are directors who live throughout southeastern Michigan and Ohio.
Some directors do arrange to meet at Manresa althought there are certain
days that are some excluded days when Manresa
may not be used.
HOW DO I BEGIN?
If you are interested in learning more about Spiritual Direction or would
like to meet with a director, contact Ms. Ann Dillon. She is a member
of our staff who can answer your questions. She will also help you find
a director who would be a good match for you. Ann can be reached by calling
Manresa at 248.644.4311, ext. 13 or by e-mail at email@example.com