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Having Too Many Spiritual Directors

HAVING TOO MANY SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS   Dear Father John, I recently read something about having too many spiritual directors. Is there such a thing? How many is too many? Is it OK to have more than one? It depends on what you mean by “spiritual director.” Strictly speaking, spiritual direction is an ongoing relationship in which the spiritual director serves as a special guide and companion... Read More

What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? (Part II of II)

What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? Part II of II Editor's Note:  In part I, we began to look at what type of spiritual allies we should have: we talked about the Christian identification card and the first two forms of fellowship.  Today, we will examine the role of faith-based friendships and the benefits of spiritual direction.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John,... Read More

I Can’t Find a Spiritual Director Loyal to the Magisterium

Spiritual Directors

I Can't Find a Spiritual Director Loyal to the Magiesterium Dear Fr. John, I have read Dan’s book, Navigating the Interior Life, and have diligently followed all of his suggestions for how to find a spiritual director. Frankly, I am frustrated to tears writing this to you. I have not found a director who actually believes the teachings of the Church. In fact, I have met with several priests and laypeople.... Read More

Can I be friends with my spiritual director?

January 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Dear Dan, I just read your post on spiritual friendship. I will be going for spiritual direction soon. I have some concerns. From what I've been reading, and what I have been feeling (fear, anxiety, restlessness, doubt if I should go ahead), spiritual direction is a very intensely personal thing I have to go through with a stranger (a priest alright) if I want to improve my spiritual life, but then,... Read More

Spiritual Direction is NOT Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual Direction is NOT Friendship Spiritual friendships are invaluable to the life of a Christian and share many characteristics with spiritual direction. They differ, however, in a few very important ways. One key difference is that the emphasis of spiritual direction is the spiritual life. Spiritual friendships and mentoring relationships frequently include the spiritual life, yet they usually... Read More

Can friends be spiritual directors? Too old for spiritual direction?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Dan, I've been going to spiritual direction for several years with a good friend. At her suggestion I have recently begun seeing a Catholic counselor to deal with issues from my past which have made it difficult for me to progress spiritually, to trust God, etc. Actually she insisted that I must see a counselor if she was to remain my SD. I was heading this way anyway, however, I was stunned and... Read More

Isolation & Loneliness, Above All In Spiritual Life: How To Deal?

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa, I am committed to developing my prayer life and life of virtue but I am feeling isolated, lonely, and I am struggling. What should I do? A great evil it is for a soul to be alone in the midst of so many dangers. It seems to me that if I should have had someone to talk with (through my spiritual struggles) it would have helped me… For this reason, I would counsel those who practice... Read More