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Spiritual Guides, Directors & Mentors: What’s the difference?

May 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Finding a Director, Spiritual Direction

What's the difference between spiritual guides, spiritual directors and spiritual mentors? Good question. Depending upon the source of training of the spiritual director, there are different types or titles of those who offer spiritual direction. For instance, a number of movements in the Church offer training for lay people so that they can provide spiritual direction. These organizations often make a distinction between ordained... Read More

Should My Confessor and Spiritual Director be the Same?

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 downside? 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 that you are answering the call to deepen... Read More

Docility in Spiritual Direction: why Following Director’s Advice is Good

I have a bit of my own foolishness to share with you today. In my book on spiritual direction (scheduled to go to print late next year through Emmaus Road Publishing) I offer the following advice regarding docility to our spiritual directors: Authentic docility is an essential ingredient in any successful spiritual direction relationship.  What is docility?  Docility is a humble readiness to follow God’s will for our lives.... Read More

Faithful Priests too Busy: How can I Find a Spiritual Director?

May 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Finding a Director, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Dear Dan, My director is a wonderful, caring person but is also quite a bit less inclined to follow the magisterium than I am. I wish I had the opportunity to see a faithful priest from time to time. I have tried hard to find a priest willing to provide me with spiritual direction (especially now, as I am going through some severe moral crises and sufferings); however, I have been turned down repeatedly because they are too busy... Read More

Can I be My Own Spiritual Director? I can’t find one: what now?

Dear Father John, I haven’t been able to find a spiritual director yet (which is kind of frustrating). I am still looking, but what should I do in the meantime? Can someone be their own spiritual director? This is a deeper question than you might think. First, continue to ask God to put you in touch with someone who can be your spiritual director. (If you haven’t read the post about how to find a spiritual director, you may... Read More

Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index

Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index   Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index Dear Friends, To make it easier for you to find key posts on spiritual direction, we have updated our Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index page. As well, we have ordered the posts in a way in keeping with the flow of topics. These posts cover topics such as how to find and select a spiritual director, how to find a director whose is faithful... Read More

Skype and remote spiritual direction… is this ok?

November 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Finding a Director, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, I have loved reading your blog and have gained many insights from it that I will put into practice! I have been wondering about a spiritual direction question: I live quite a distance from the priest I would prefer to seek direction from and it is difficult for us to connect. I was wondering if it was possible to do spiritual direction remotely using a phone, email or video messaging (eg: Skype). I understand... Read More

How do I find and select a spiritual director?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, what is the best way to find a Spiritual Director? Should it be your pastor? A friend? Or someone whom you do not know when you begin? Finding a spiritual director usually follows four steps: First, you need to remember what spiritual direction is all about. The role of a spiritual director is not to tell you what to do, the way a boss or a military drill sergeant does. Rather, a spiritual director helps you discover... Read More

Finding a spiritual director – watch out for confused sheep…

Foundational to any sound spiritual direction is the idea that there actually is a tangible direction to discover.  That is, the practice presumes that spiritual truth is an expression of objective reality – just as objective and real as a map of your own hometown.  For instance, if you asked someone to give you directions to the Cathedral and you ended up at the town dump, you would clearly know that something was amiss.... Read More

How do I find and select a spiritual director?

Dear Father John, What is the best way to find a Spiritual Director? Should it be your pastor? A friend? Or someone whom you do not know when you begin? Finding a spiritual director usually follows four steps: First, you need to remember what spiritual direction is all about. The role of a spiritual director is not to tell you what to do, the way a boss or a military drill sergeant does. Rather, a spiritual director helps you... Read More

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