Spiritual Direction

Individual Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a conversation with another whom we trust about the ongoing experience of God in our lives.

In the Ignatian tradition, it is a 'companioning' rather than a 'directing', for God is always the real director who deals differently with each person.

In Ignatian Spiritual Direction we do not seek for a God in an imagined 'spiritual' world apart from the 'fleshly' comings and goings of our daily lives. We explore the God who is intimately present and acting within the ongoing relations and changing situations of every human life.

This is the God wonderfully revealed to us in the humanity of Jesus of Nazareth.

A skilled and qualified spiritual director works one-to-one with an individual, assisting the person to recognise and respond to a God who communicates with each one in ever new and surprising ways, calling us forward into the future.

“We define Christian spiritual direction, then, as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of this relationship.

The focus of this type of spiritual direction is on experience, not ideas, and specifically on religious experience, i.e., any experience of the mysterious Other we call God. Moreover, this experience is viewed, not as an isolated event, but as an expression of the ongoing personal relationship God has established with each one of us.”

“ The Practice of Spiritual Direction”  William Barry sj & William Connolly sj

Seabury Press NY 1982 p 8

 

For an Appointment for Spiritual Direction with a member of the Loyola CIS team, please Phone: 08 8364 3834 or Email: loyola@cis.jesuit.org.au.