Spiritual directors and the practice of spiritual direction has been in the news quite a bit in the past few months. While the mainstream media still isn't sure what to call a spiritual director (writers are using everything from "spirit guide," which makes us sound like we're experts in the paranormal, to "spiritual counselor," which leans a little closer to the therapeutic than most directors are comfortable with), the media is starting to pay attention in a new way to the practice of soul care and the impact that it can have on leading a healthy, full life.
Below are a few of the pieces and perspectives recently published. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on these articles and videos.
A short video in which Pope Benedict XVI recommends that people seek counsel and guidance from a spiritual guide or director.
Philadelphia Inquirer: "Certified Spirit Guides"
Quietly, compassionately, spirit directors take the soul by the hand, helping a seeker tap deeper dimensions.
By Anndee Hochman
The New York Times: "Right Way To Pray?"
In an article about religious life and prayer, New York Times writer Zev Chafets asks if there is a right way to pray.