Worth of Spiritual Direction
God has an individual plan for each of our lives. This varies from person to person. He also created general laws and principles which apply to all people in all ages.
Regardless of the latest thoughts of modern culture, God and his ways are eternal, true and relevant, spiritual direction is a time-honoured term for a conversation and companionship between two persons.
In this, one person consults and is accompanied by another.Ordinarily, a person about the ways in which God may be touching their life,directly or indirectly.
In our postmodern age, the term ‘spiritual direction‘ is unpopular because it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another. They prefer ‘spiritual direction’ is unpopular because it sounds like one person giving directions, or orders, to another.
They prefer ‘spiritual companionship’ tending the holy’ or some other nomenclature. What we call it does not make any real difference. The reality remains conversations about, much to sort out, all in the light of faith, especially in times of crisis is one’s vocation.
Thus, spiritual direction is a procession through which a person with wisdom and spiritual discernment provides counsel to person who wishes to make a journey of faith and discovery of God’s will in his life. The spiritual guide aims to discern and understand what the holy spirit tells the person accompanied, through the situations of life, spiritual insights, fruit of prayer, reading and meditation on the bible.
Spiritual Direction Ancient Days
Although spiritual direction has had a burst of new life, it is really quite ancient. Across both the hebrew and the christian scriptures, we find people seeking spiritual counsel.
The queen of sheba sought out the wisdom of solomon. jesus gave us examples in his conversations with Nicodemus, with the woman at the well, in the ongoing formation of peter and the other disciples.
In the early church, people flocked to hermits in the desert for spiritual counsel. Across the centuries we find some examples in some irish monks, in some German Benedictine nuns, in charles de foucault, Teresa of Avila, John of the cross, Francis de Sales, and others.
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