Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, prayer, and discernment in which a trained director listens attentively alongside the person seeking spiritual direction. It focuses on the character of a person’s relationship with God.
Description of a typical session:
A typical spiritual direction session starts with the directee and director greeting each other before transitioning into a time of prayer. Some directors prefer to pray out loud, read a portion of Scripture or listen to a piece of music. Others start with a time of silence. The session continues with the directee, the one coming for spiritual direction, talking about his or her life experiences, particular feelings, concerns, desires and/or emotions. Trusting in the Holy Spirit’s direction, the director may make comments, ask questions, or offer insights, as prompted in prayer, while the directee seeks to become more aware of God’s presence in the midst of life in order to deepen his or her relationship with God. The session continues in a conversational format, ending when the allotted time is completed. A session may close with a spoken prayer, silence, or words of gratitude for the time together. If another meeting is to be scheduled, it is often done at this time.