The Gift of Spiritual Direction

The Gift of Spiritual Direction Author Wilfried Stinissen
ISBN-10 0764803859
Release 1999
Pages 116
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It is a truism that we live in a time of renewed spiritual self-search and reflection -- the response, some suggest, to a feeling of meaninglessness or superficiality in one's spiritual life. Many people search for someone who will listen, guide, and encourage them -- but entrusting one's very soulcare to another calls for a gifted guide. Written for all those who in any way are involved in spiritual direction and pastoral care, or wish to prepare for the same, Stinissen's book discusses the qualities essential for such counselors/advisers and is meant to renew and strengthen the Church's role as a primary source for meaningful spiritual "therapy." Among the themes explored are listening; dialogue; false and real feelings of guilt; difficulties in prayer; discerning God's will. "Every person longs to be able to expose himself to another human being in his full reality, " writes Stinissen, "with his light and his darkness, and to be accepted and loved just as he is." To that end he emphasizes the important role and responsibility of a spiritual director or "soul friend." In addition to reflecting on specific qualities or qualifications of the director, Stinissen discusses some of the specific questions a director is likely to be asked by the directae and helpful ways of responding in various situations.

Sacred Companions

Sacred Companions Author David G. Benner
ISBN-10 9780830876808
Release 2009-09-20
Pages 242
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ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion Finalist We need companions on our spiritual journey. The modern world has taught us to value autonomy and individualism. Our churches often see spirituality as personal and private. But we cannot go long in our Christian pilgrimage before realizing that isolation leads to spiritual barrenness. We soon discover that our souls long for accompaniment, intimacy and spiritual friendship. As a result, many Christians today are rediscovering the ancient practice of spiritual direction. In this inviting guide, David G. Benner introduces readers to the riches of spiritual friendship and direction, explaining what they are and how they are practiced. Spiritual direction moves beyond mere moral lifestyle accountability and goes deeper than popular notions of mentoring or discipling. Through prayerful, guided attunement to God's activity, sacred companions provide care for the soul. If we are to experience significant spiritual formation and growth, our souls must be nurtured through spiritual companions. Benner, well-accustomed to God's work through relationships, models the kind of traveling companion who can move us toward deeper intimacy with God.

Spiritual Friend

Spiritual Friend Author Tilden Edwards
ISBN-10 080912288X
Release 1980
Pages 264
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A practical guide to reviving the ancient Christian tradition of the spiritual guide.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction Author Gordon T. Smith
ISBN-10 9780830864706
Release 2014-04-07
Pages 102
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We are not alone. God is present with us. And God gives us companions on the journey. A spiritual director is one such companion, offering spiritual guidance to help make sense of the faith journey interpret the significant markers on the road encourage us, particularly through the more difficult transitions and valleys of our pilgrimage and, most of all, to notice the ministry of the Spirit in our lives Gordon Smith writes: Even if we have been Christians and maturing in our faith for many years, we still need the encouragement and guidance that might come through spiritual direction. . . . Genuine humility is evident in our realization that we need a companion, a fellow pilgrim and Christian, who can help us discern and foster an attentiveness to God's presence in our lives. This is the gift of spiritual direction. Whether you are a director, a directee or simply someone who wants to learn more about this ancient ministry, you will find this book to be a helpful guide.

Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls

Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls Author Gary W. Moon
ISBN-10 9780830876969
Release 2009-09-20
Pages 254
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In recent years, many Christian clergy, laity and mental health professionals have rediscovered the ancient practices of spiritual direction. Seen as a refreshing alternative to the techniques and limitations of modern psychology, such practices offer new insights for pastoral care. But many remain unclear on what spiritual direction is and whether its methods are applicable to their own clients and parishioners. Spiritual direction is a practice of Christian soul care that is found most notably in the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal traditions but is also present in Wesleyan/Holiness, Pentecostal/charismatic, social justice and Reformed communities. Predating modern counseling and psychotherapy movements but sharing key principles and insights for spiritual formation, spiritual direction offers significant resources for today s pastors, counselors, therapists, chaplains and other caregivers attuned to the work of God in people s lives. In this landmark volume, editors Gary W. Moon and David G. Benner, along with a team of expert contributors, provide a comprehensive survey of spiritual direction in its myriad Christian forms. Specific chapters offer careful historical perspective and contemporary analysis of how Christians from various backgrounds have practiced spiritual direction, with particular attention to each tradition s definition of spiritual direction, the process of authentic transformation, the role of the spiritual director, indicators of mature spirituality and other aspects of the spiritual direction process. Chapters also provide psychological and clinical insight into how spiritual direction is similar to, different from and can be integrated with psychotherapy and pastoral counseling to help others experience spiritual transformation and union with God.

Spiritual Direction The Gay Person

Spiritual Direction   The Gay Person Author James Empereur
ISBN-10 9780225668315
Release 2001-01-01
Pages 194
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Intended for counsellors and spiritual directors, this text aims to assist gay men and lesbian women in relationships, prayer, liturgy, and in the problems produced by their commitment to, or rejection of, institutional religion.

Supervision of Spiritual Directors

Supervision of Spiritual Directors Author Mary Rose Bumpus
ISBN-10 9780819225870
Release 2005-11-01
Pages 208
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The last decade has seen increased interest in the practice of spiritual direction, both from people feeling called to be spiritual directors, and from those seeking direction. But with the growth in the number of directors has come an increased need to train their supervisors. This collection of essays is one of the first books in the field that help with the training of supervisors. Written by spiritual directors who have years of experience in supervision between them, this book engages some of the leading voices in the field in an exploration of a wide variety of issues, including: gender and sexuality; ethical dilemmas; working with diverse racial ethnic constituents; working with the differently abled; the parameters of supervision; the supervision of beginning directors, and more. An excellent textbook for those who feel called to the role of supervisor, as well as an important book for those who are already practicing in the field.

Spiritual Direction in Context

Spiritual Direction in Context Author Nick Wagner
ISBN-10 9780819222091
Release 2006-03-01
Pages 180
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Essays drawn from Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International, examine spiritual direction in different social contexts: in the workplace, with the aging, in hospitals, with women's groups, with youth, with the homeless, and with those in m

Anglican Spiritual Direction

Anglican Spiritual Direction Author Peter Ball
ISBN-10 9780819226709
Release 2007-04-01
Pages 144
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An overview of the distinctive Anglican tradition of spiritual guidance, looking at five centuries of history alongside an analysis of contemporary practice.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction Author Malloy, SJ, Richard G.
ISBN-10 9781608337187
Release 2017-10-12
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Spiritual Direction has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Spiritual Direction also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Spiritual Direction book for free.

Practice Of Spiritual Direction

Practice Of Spiritual Direction Author William Connolly
ISBN-10 9780826420671
Release 2010-01-07
Pages 226
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The classic work on helping people become closer to God. Fathers Barry and Connolly see the work of spiritual direction as helping people to develop their relationship with God. In thinking and practice they have absorbed the insights of modern psychotherapy, but have not been absorbed by them. This highly practical book reflects the authors' experience at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where spiritual direction is available and where directors are trained.

The Gift of Being Yourself

The Gift of Being Yourself Author David G. Benner
ISBN-10 9780830899456
Release 2015-10-24
Pages 132
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"Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." —Augustine Much is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of the self. Discerning your true self is inextricably related to discerning God's purposes for you. Paradoxically, the more you become like Christ, the more you become authentically yourself. In this profound exploration of Christian identity, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ. Freeing you from illusions about yourself, Benner shows that self-understanding leads to the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and vocation. Rest assured, you need not try to be someone you are not. But you will deepen your experience of God through discovering the gift of being yourself. This expanded edition, one of three titles in The Spiritual Journey trilogy, includes a new epilogue and an experiential guide with questions for individual reflection or group discussion.

Group Spiritual Direction

Group Spiritual Direction Author Rose Mary Dougherty, S.S.N.D.
ISBN-10 9781616436308
Release 2017-01-09
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Group Spiritual Direction has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Group Spiritual Direction also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Group Spiritual Direction book for free.

The Gift of Confession

The Gift of Confession Author Michael De Stoop
ISBN-10 0852445148
Release 2007-01
Pages 164
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The best way to help people to appreciate this Sacrament is to elucidate the many benefits we receive from it. This book focuses on 25 striking things that Confession affords. It demonstrates that Confession gives us much more than it takes away! Taking 'negative' things (sin) away is one thing for whoch this Sacrament is well known, but how many people think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in terms of the 'positive' things it provides for us? This positive approach is a welcome alternative to viewing this Sacrament simply in relation to sin. It is informative and entertaining as it is illustrated with interesting analogies, true stories, Church teaching, quotations from the saints and answers to popular questions. "This book will touch the hearts and enlighten the minds of many saints and sinners, teachers and witnesses" George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney. Fr Michael de Stoop is Director of Vocations, Sydney, Australia.

Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church

Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church Author George E. Demacopoulos
ISBN-10 9780268063085
Release 2006-11-15
Pages 288
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In late antiquity the rising number of ascetics who joined the priesthood faced a pastoral dilemma. Should they follow a traditional, demonstrably administrative, approach to pastoral care, emphasizing doctrinal instruction, the care of the poor, and the celebration of the sacraments? Or should they bring to the parish the ascetic models of spiritual direction, characterized by a more personal spiritual father/spiritual disciple relationship? /// Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church explores the struggles of five clerics (Athanasius, Gregory Nazianzen, Augustine of Hippo, John Cassian, and Pope Gregory I) to reconcile their ascetic idealism with the reality of pastoral responsibility. Through a close reading of Greek and Latin texts, George E. Demacopoulos explores each pastor's criteria for ordination, his supervision of subordinate clergy, and his methods of spiritual direction. He argues that the evolution in spiritual direction that occurred during this period reflected and informed broader developments in religious practices. /// Demacopoulos describes the way in which these authors shaped the medieval pastoral traditions of the East and the West. Each of the five struggled to balance the tension between his ascetic idealism and the realities of the lay church. Each offered distinct (and at times very different) solutions to that tension. The diversity among their models of spiritual direction demonstrates both the complexity of the problem and the variable nature of early Christianity. Scholars and students of late antiquity, the history of Christianity, and historical theology will find a great deal of interest in Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church. The book will also appeal to those who are actively engaged in Christian ministry.

The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction

The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction Author Rose Mary Dougherty
ISBN-10 0809141760
Release 2003
Pages 288
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These moving, positive essays witness the experiences of participants in Shalem Institute's group spiritual direction workshops. Each author relates what he or she learned as a member, mentor or facilitator of a spiritual direction group--a community gathered together to seek and share a desire for God in communal silence, dialogue, intercessory prayer and discernment--and adapts it to a specific setting--the family, workplace, congregation, seminary, the homeless. The result is this collection--a loving, gentle testament to the power of spiritual direction groups--that enables young and old, clergy and laity of all faiths to realize, celebrate and proclaim a commonality of greater spiritual purpose. Fluid and well-honed, The Lived Experience of Group Spiritual Direction is of great value to seminarians, graduate students, church organizations, clergy and laity of all faiths, as well as to anyone seeking guidance on the value of group spiritual direction. It features biographies of its numerous contributors.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction Author Kevin G. Culligan
ISBN-10 9781608995639
Release 2010-06-01
Pages 238
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The revitalized ministry of spiritual direction is one of the surest signs of renewal in today's Church. In Spiritual Direction: Contemporary Readings, seventeen leading writers and spiritual directors discuss the history, meaning, demands, and practice of this ministry. Through timely articles by such recognized authors as William Barry, Sandra Schneiders, Louis Cameli, Kallistos Ware, and John Wright, one comes to see that spiritual direction belongs, not to a spiritual elite, but to the entire Church--men and women, clergy and laity, members of religious communities. Compiled especially for those entering spiritual direction, either as directors or directees, this book is an excellent introduction to an exciting ministry in today's Church. A valuable feature of this book is a concluding section with recommendations for further readings. Listing important articles and books on spiritual direction published in recent years, this section helps readers to continue exploring this vital area of contemporary spirituality.