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What is the difference between confession and spiritual direction?


Dear Father John, what is the difference between confession and spiritual direction? Confession and spiritual direction are like partially overlapping circles: they share some common characteristics, but their centers, their essences, are distinct. The Distinction of Confession The essence of confession is the sacramental grace that Christ gives to our soul through the ministry of his priest. When... Read More

Should my confessor and spiritual director be the same person?


Dear Dan, should I get spiritual direction from the priest who regularly takes my confession? I don’t know if he would be interested but I wanted to ask about the appropriateness of this approach before I ask him. Is there a down side? As with most questions we receive, yours is very encouraging. The first level of encouragement comes from your regular commitment to confession. The second is... Read More

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