What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is a practice that began in the early years of Christianity. It is a way of companioning people to increase the awareness of God in their lives. It involves prayers, Scripture reading, meditation and conversations.

Will a spiritual director tell me what to do?
No. Spiritual direction does not tell you what to do. Although the title “spiritual direction” has sometimes been misused, the real task of spiritual direction is not to tell another person what to do or how to be spiritual. Your faith journey is unique. The director is there to discern together with you the movement of God’s Spirit in your life and to assist you in following that movement.

What typically happens in a direction session?
Normally, each session is 45 minutes to an hour. In preparation for the session, your director may also ask that you take time to reflect on your experience in your devotions or your journals. The session begins with a time of quiet centering, followed by a review of your preparation and a time for you to share whatever seems important. Then there is interaction between you and the director as you seek together to discern the intimations and invitations of the Spirit’s presence in what you’ve been experiencing. The session ends with a brief time of closure.

How often would I “meet” with my director?
That really depends on you. Once a month is a common pattern, but some will find it is helpful to have more often especially at the beginning. Some people contact their directors only when they are ready. The frequency will be determined by your needs at the time.

 


Spiritual Direction is a practice that began in the early years of Christianity. It is a way of companioning people to increase the awareness of God in their lives. It involves prayers, Scripture reading, meditation and conversations.

Will a spiritual director tell me what to do?
No. Spiritual direction does not tell you what to do. Although the title “spiritual direction” has sometimes been misused, the real task of spiritual direction is not to tell another person what to do or how to be spiritual. Your faith journey is unique. The director is there to discern together with you the movement of God’s Spirit in your life and to assist you in following that movement.

What typically happens in a direction session?
Normally, each session is 45 minutes to an hour. In preparation for the session, your director may also ask that you take time to reflect on your experience in your devotions or your journals. The session begins with a time of quiet centering, followed by a review of your preparation and a time for you to share whatever seems important. Then there is interaction between you and the director as you seek together to discern the intimations and invitations of the Spirit’s presence in what you’ve been experiencing. The session ends with a brief time of closure.

How often would I “meet” with my director?
That really depends on you. Once a month is a common pattern, but some will find it is helpful to have more often especially at the beginning. Some people contact their directors only when they are ready. The frequency will be determined by your needs at the time.

Companion in the spiritual journey

Spiritual Direction