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Title: What Is Spiritual Direction?


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What Is Spiritual Direction?
Center for Wholistic Spirituality St. Thomas
University
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  • WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
  • Spiritual Direction has been part of the
    Christian tradition for centuries.
  • Today, Spiritual Direction usually refers to an
    ongoing relationship between a spiritual director
    (a person gifted and prepared in the ministry of
    spiritual direction) and a directee (a person who
    desires to focus on his or her spiritual life).

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Why Would Someone Desire Spiritual Direction?
  • Typically, one interested in receiving Spiritual
    Direction yearns for a deeper relationship with
    God. This often involves a desire to grow in the
    ability to discern and respond to Gods presence
    and action in all aspects of ones life.
  • Additionally, a spiritual director can help the
    directee cultivate an ongoing spiritual practice
    suited to the directees temperament and life
    circumstances.

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What Are Additional Benefits?
  • Ongoing work with a spiritual director can help
    develop a sense of inner peace, a sense of
    direction in life, and discernment in order to
    fully embrace the wonder of life in God and in
    Gods creation.

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What Happens in a Spiritual Direction Session?
  • Directees normally meet with their spiritual
    directors for a one-hour session each month. The
    sessions focus on the directees relationship
    with God in any and in all aspects of the
    directees life.
  • There will be parts of anyones life where Gods
    presence will be more or less clear. Spiritual
    directors are gifted and skilled at listening
    with the directee for the Holy moment or God
    seed present in any life experience so that the
    person might consciously receive and cultivate it
    for deeper intimacy with the Holy.

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What Else Is Happening in the Spiritual Direction
Session?
  • Spiritual direction sessions occur in the context
    of prayer and spiritual intimacy. There is an
    implicit understanding that in the prayerful
    engagement between the spiritual director and the
    directee, God dwells.
  • Conversations between the spiritual director and
    the directee are considered privileged and are,
    therefore, kept strictly confidential.

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What Is the Difference Between Spiritual
Direction and Counseling?
  • As a general rule, counseling and therapy focus
    on a persons problem areas with the goal of
    healthy resolution to those issues.
  • Spiritual Direction focuses on finding and
    responding to God present in the human life
    circumstances, whether glorious, joyful or
    sorrowful.

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How Can I Find a Good Spiritual Director?
  • In the beginning, those who wish to grow in the
    spiritual life might simply approach someone
    whose way of life suggests a spiritual life and
    commitment they respect. That person may be
    willing to companion them or share the
    spiritual journey with them on an informal basis.

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  • For those seeking a more formal Spiritual
    Direction relationship, it is good to find
    someone who
  • Has had formation (education) specifically in
    Spiritual Direction
  • Continues to receive regular supervision
  • Visits their own spiritual director on a regular
    basis.

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It is important to remember that
  • A good Spiritual Director offers Spiritual
    Direction as a response to Gods call to this
    work
  • This gift has been confirmed by others in the
    faith community
  • Natural talents and spiritual gifts are enhanced
    by education and preparation.

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Something else to remember
  • Even the most excellent spiritual director is not
    right for everyone!
  • It is important that you feel at ease with your
    spiritual director.
  • Your spiritual director should be someone with
    whom you can feel free to be open, honest and
    completely yourself.
  • Your spiritual director should be able to treat
    with reverence and respect your individual and
    unique relationship with God.

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How Can I Find a Spiritual Director?
  • As a service to the South Florida community of
    faith, the Center for Wholistic Spirituality at
    St. Thomas University keeps an updated list of
    active spiritual directors in the area.
  • Those spiritual directors listed
  • Have completed a formation program in Spiritual
    Direction that includes a Practicum,
  • Continue to receive regular supervision,
  • Keep regular appointments with their own
    Spiritual Directors.
  • Please note While we do not endorse anyone as a
    spiritual director, this list can help people
    begin their search.

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How Could I Become a Spiritual Director?
  • If you are a person of faith and believe you may
    be called to the ministry of spiritual direction,
    the Center for Wholistic Spirituality at St.
    Thomas University offers a 3-year certificate
    program to prepare Spiritual Directors and
    Spiritual Companions in Daily Life.

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  • Classes begin each September and continue through
    the first week in May on Monday evenings from
    630-900 PM at the St. Thomas University Main
    Campus.
  • We Welcome Your Inquiries

Contact Susan B. Loretta, Coordinator Center
for Wholistic Spirituality St. Thomas
Univeristy 16400 NW 32 Avenue, Miami, FL
33054 305.628.6548 Email sloretta_at_stu.edu
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