Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” - Matthew 18:20
Spiritual direction is the term used to describe a gathering of two people in the name of Jesus to help a person to develop a closer relationship with God.
The spiritual director, chosen by the person who wants help in their relationship with God, becomes a spiritual friend and gets to know the person’s life circumstances and spiritual life.
In helping them to develop a good prayer life, the spiritual director walks alongside the person on their spiritual journey and helps them to recognise for themselves how the Holy Spirit is at work and leading them in their life.
-Fr Andy, Burnham
If you are interested in having a Spiritual Director to help you to discern your vocation, it is important that you take time selecting one. Here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself:
- Would I find it easier to talk to a male or female?
- Do I want it to be someone who I already talk to about my faith or someone new?
- Have I asked God who I should chose? Have I prayed about it?
Once you have asked yourself these questions start looking. It is normal to start by asking a priest or someone to recommend you one. If a layperson comes into mind first then ask them - whatever you feel most comfortable with. Ideally they need to be someone energetically engaged in their own pursuit of holiness, so that they speak not only from theory, but also from experience. However don't worry too much if you are unsure - give it a go and see how you get on. You may be surprised! On the other hand, most Spiritual Directors will understand that if it is not working that you need to find someone else. The meetings should be helpful to you and your relationship with God. You need to feel comfortable so you can be honest with them and so that they can encourage you to be honest with God.
Give it a go and ask God to guide you!