Where Am I?
On our spiritual journeys, two of the most important questions that we need to answer are: Where am I right now? And where do I want to go? As those who have navigated with a compass have experienced, knowing where North is does little for us unless we know where we are or where we are going.
Hopefully, this site will help you navigate toward an answer to both of those questions. Here on this page, you’ll find answers to questions such as: What Is Spiritual Direction? What Is Spiritual Growth? and How Can I Find More? Elsewhere, you’ll find information on what Individual or Group Spiritual Direction involves, as well as Resources that answer questions such as How Can I Learn To Pray? or Where Can I Find A Retreat Center?
What Is Spiritual Direction?
Is spiritual direction something that is new or unfamiliar to you? Please visit the What Is Spiritual Direction? page to learn more about this ancient practice. There, you will find a basic overview of what spiritual direction is, and why you might seek out a spiritual director as you journey with God.
“She who wishes or tries to achieve contemplation, must, if she would walk safely, be fully resolved to surrender her will to a confessor who is a contemplative and will understand her. It is a well-known fact that she will make more progress in this way in a year than in a great many years if she acts otherwise.”
Terèse d’Avila (1515-1582)
What Is Spiritual Growth?
Spiritual growth takes on many faces. It may look different for you than it does for me, but it always connects us more deeply to the One in whom we live and move and have our being, and to each other.
Sadly, many of us struggle under false understandings of how to grow spiritually, based on misapplied teachings or our production-oriented culture. Often, we feel discontented with our level of spiritual maturity or growth, but aren’t sure how to change that—unless it’s reading more Scripture, meditating more, or attending more Sunday School classes.
Often enough, we see someone else who seems to have or be achieving some level of spiritual maturity, and we attempt to do whatever it is that they are doing. Over time, we have some successes and some failures, be we mostly feel unchanged. And tired. Then, we hit upon more failures. Eventually, it becomes too much, and we quit. Which works fine until we encounter that thing that dogs us all: guilt. After a while, the guilt becomes too much, and we look around for someone who seems to be growing spiritually, and we attempt to emulate them. The cycle continues: effort, fatigue, failure, guilt.
We step out of this cycle by beginning to understand ourselves and our God more fully. As we see the ways that we’ve hidden, the ways that He loves, and who we truly are, we step away from guilt and more into the freedom of practices which truly nourish our souls. These practices may be grounded in years of church tradition (and often are), but in our lives they are as unique as our fingerprints. The heart of spiritual direction is journeying with someone who is able to help you recognize the ways that you hide, and guide you through work with the Spirit of God to a deep place of hope and freedom.
“It is love alone that counts.”
St. Therese of Lisieux
Where Can You Get This Living Water?
When Jesus met the Samartian woman at the Well in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, she asked Him how He was going to draw water out of the Well without a bucket. He responded that water that He would give would be a spring of water rising up within the drinker, so that they would never thirst again.
How can we tap into this spring of eternal water? How do we get access to that water that will continually refresh the driest places of our souls?
There are many paths to finding this Living Water, although they all end that the same Source. Spiritual direction is a companioning that helps you find your way to the Well, to have your own encounter with the Divine.
To find more resources for discovering the path that your thirst is showing you, whether they be articles, exercises or retreat suggestions, please visit the Retreats & Resources or the Going Deeper page.