Spiritual direction is a relationship of trust between two people – a companionship for one’s spiritual journey. Through times of conversation, prayerful listening and silence, the spiritual director helps one listen for and notice the movement of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. The true director in this relationship is the Holy Spirit and the spiritual director is there to listen, pray and ask questions that helps one notice God.

As Gerald May describes:

 

“Most people would agree that spiritual direction means companionship with another person or group through which the Holy One shines with wisdom, encouragement and discernment.”

 

Spiritual Direction is offered by several directors at the Retreat House.  Please see the list of directors below who are willing to meet at the Retreat House or will meet you at another more convenient location.
 

In the words of others…

“Spiritual guidance is being present in the moment, seeing and honoring the sacred mystery of the soul of another. It is witnessing this mystery and reflecting it back in word, prayer, thought, presence, and action.”
Carol A. Fournier, MS, NCC, Interfaith Spiritual Director/Guide, Silver Dove Institute, Williston, Vermont, USA

“We define Christian spiritual direction as 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, SJ and William J. Connolly, SJ, Center for Religious Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

“Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and [hear] the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul.”
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, USA

“Most people would agree that spiritual direction means companionship with another person or group through which the Holy One shines with wisdom, encouragement and discernment.”
Gerald May, MD. Excerpted from Shalem News, Volume xxii, No. 1, Winter, 1998, “Varieties Of Spiritual Companionship”

“Although spiritual direction has had a burst of new life, it is really quite ancient.
Across both the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures, we find people seeking spiritual counsel. The Queen of Sheba sought out the wisdom of Solomon. Jesus gave us examples in his conversations with Nicodemus, with the woman at the well, in the ongoing formation of Peter and the other disciples. In the early
church, people flocked to hermits in the desert for spiritual counsel.”
Marian Cowan, CSJ