What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is an ancient practice of conversation where one person helps another to listen to the presence of God so as to grow in more intimate relationship with God. The focus is on your unique relationship of God and on how you live out of that relationship and awareness. As well, spiritual conversation explores the dynamics of those things in your life which draw you closer or further away from God, so as to make choices and decisions in grater freedom and love. In love with God, we find we come to know who we are and to live fully alive in peace, compassion and justice.
When might you seek out a Spiritual Director?
If you feel a deep and sincere desire to experience and practice a more intimate relationship with God, spiritual direction will nourish this desire and help you awaken this desire in all parts of your life.
What happens in Spiritual Direction?
When you come for spiritual direction, you are invited to explore life experiences, your prayer, meditation or contemplative life, your relationship with God, your images of God, and to be present to the things and people you care deeply about. You may also be invited to be attentive to areas in your life that require discernment, an action or a decision. Noticing the presence of God in your life enables you to be freer to respond to God’s invitations to become fully alive.
How do I arrange an appointment?
To arrange a time for spiritual direction, contact Robyn Fitzgerald. Meetings are usually once a month and typically go for no longer than one hour. The cost is $50.00, however, this cost is negotiable.
What Spiritual Direction is not (from Spiritual Directors International)
• Spiritual direction is not counselling.
• Spiritual direction is not therapy.
• Spiritual direction is not financial advice.
While it may be appropriate at times to discuss personal and relational struggles in the context of spiritual direction, a spiritual director is not a psychotherapist, nor does the spiritual director provide such services. Similarly, you may discuss financial issues in spiritual direction, but a spiritual director does not offer financial advice and any decisions and actions you may take in that regard are done without advice or recommendation, and are purely your responsibility.
What training do Spiritual Directors do?
Spiritual Directors complete extensive formation in theory and practice for the ministry and service of spiritual direction. It is up to you to choose a spiritual director who has the training, formation and experience that suits your needs. All spiritual direction proceeds on the understanding that God is the true spiritual director in the process.