Deepening our intimacy with God
A spiritual director is one who sits with and listens to your story and experience with the expressed purpose of discerning, with the help of the Holy Spirit, where God might be moving and speaking in your life. Spiritual direction can be a beneficial process for you if you desire to deepen your awareness of God in your life – in the profound experiences, mundane activities, suffering, transitions, and disillusioned aspects of life and faith. Your spiritual direction session may include some exploration of different spiritual practices that may help you increase your intimacy with God.
Spiritual Direction is:
- An ancient practice in Christianity dating back to the Desert Mothers and Fathers.
- A spiritual process in which you are invited to notice, savor, and deepen your ability to listen to God’s direction for your life.
- A personal relationship characterized by a foundation of mutual trust, respect, warmth, genuine care, honesty, and openness
- A contemplative, confidential relationship grounded in God-centered, mutual listening to the unique spiritual unfolding in all aspects of your life.
Spiritual Direction is not:
- Theological teaching
For more information and/or to find a spiritual director for yourself, email Kimberlee Peifer, certified spiritual director.
Put quite simply, I would describe spiritual direction as an act of prayer. When I say “an act of prayer,” I am referring to those times when we consciously choose to put ourselves in the way of grace, or to enter the sacred space of our True Self, or open ourselves to the Indwelling Mystery of our souls. In speaking of spiritual direction as an act of prayer, I might also describe it as a time of intentional availability to God on the part of both the director and the directee for the sake of the deepening discernment of the directee. This shared act of prayer is the acknowledgement that the Holy Spirit is, indeed, the spiritual director and that the time together is about creating an atmosphere supportive of detached listening and fresh seeing.Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND