What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is the act of getting in touch with the core of who we are. Our goal in life is to allow that core of who we are—made in the image and likeness of God—to be manifested in the love and respect we give to ourselves and others.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencing spiritual issues. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.
“The whole concern of the director should be not to accommodate souls to his/her own way or to what suits him. Rather he ought to see if he can discern the particular way along which God is leading them…” – St. John of the Cross
“The spiritual director is often called upon to unmask illusions. This consists principally in helping the person to un-know the mistaken assumptions which they entertain regarding God, self, prayer, love, sins, etc.” – The Way of Spiritual Direction, pg. 88
“The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what [Christians] call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul. This is an entirely supernatural (spiritual) thing, for the work of rescuing the inner person from automatism belongs first of all to the Holy Spirit.” – Thomas Merton