What is spiritual direction?
Spiritual direction is the art of Christian listening, a sacred relationship in which a director helps someone to uncover and discover the direction of God in their lives. A spiritual director has been called by God and the community and trained to companion another person, listening to that person's life story with an ear for the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Why seek spiritual direction?
God speaks to us in our relationships, our work, our prayer, our challenges and dilemmas--so that is the material for spiritual direction. Maybe you have a serious issue for discernment or are going through a transition. Possibly you are feeling dry in your prayer and would like to explore that with someone. You may want someone to walk with you--someone to help you be faithful to your spiritual commitments. Maybe you just want to grow closer to God.
Usually you meet once a month for an hour or so. Sometimes this can be a one time only meeting or continue for years.
Is it different from Pastoral Counseling?
Yes. Pastoral Counseling assumes the person is experiencing a difficulty, problem, or issue that is preventing them from living a healthy life. Spiritual direction assumes that the person is already whole, but looking for growth.
How do i find a spiritual director?
St. Mary's offers a wide choice of spiritual directors. Fr. Charlie Banks has spaces open on Mondays. Also, every Thursday we have spiritual directors at St. Mary's to meet with you. Once a month Fr. Italo Dell'Oro visits from Houston to hear confessions and offer spiritual direction. On the Thursdays he is not here, trained lay spiritual directors who have gone through the Diocesan Institute of Spiritual Direction are available for spiritual direction from 1-5 pm in the Catholic Student Center. The best thing to do is to try a spiritual director to see if that is the person God is calling you to meet with.
Bryan / College Station has many trained spiritual directors who have gone through the Diocese of Austin Spiritual Direction Institute. In addition to these there are other clergy, religious and laity who are available for Spiritual Direction. A list of recommended directors is below.