Monday, October 1, 2007

Spiritual Direction

On Wednesday I begin my training in spiritual direction, through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Their website defines spiritual direction as "a contemplative process, carried out in the context of a helping relationship, in which one faith-filled person assists another to pay attention to God's action in the person's life and his/her response to this action."

It's a three year program, beginning with a couple of years of training about various strands of Christian spirituality and then some more practicum type settings in the last year. Last week my spiritual director asked me "What are your deepest longings?" And I responded that words like "spirituality" and "contemplation" speak to deep places of my soul. Spiritual direction training is a step towards satisfying this hunger.

I will talk more about this type of ministry in the months to follow, but I anticipate that spiritual direction will be a great setting for an introvert. Spiritual direction involves depth, listening, silence, and contemplation, all in the format of ongoing one-on-one relationships.