We all need help in our journey of faith, and one real source of encouragement and stimulus can be working with a spiritual director or companion: someone who walks with us in the journey. More and more people are finding that meeting a spiritual director or soul friend every few weeks, is a spiritual experience, which brings great blessing. As a spiritual director, my role is to support you in your journey to a deeper and more lasting relationship with God.
The first meeting is usually exploratory – a chance for you to get to know one another, to compare what you hope for with what the Director can offer. Your Director may suggest that you meet a few times and then review the relationship together.
A director and directee usually meet for 45 minutes to an hour. The director listens and asks reflective questions to help you notice God’s nudges, invitations, challenges and confirmations. Life circumstances are discussed confidentially, however giving advice, counselling and theological debate are not usually part of the process.
How often do you hope to meet (e.g. monthly, every two months, by arrangement)?
Are you able to travel to meet the Director, or do you need to be visited at home? How far are you willing to travel?
Might it be important (e.g. because of recurrent illness) that the relationship could be conducted online or by telephone
Would this relationship affect, or be affected by, any other one to-one meetings you are having (e.g. counselling, therapy, discernment)?
How do you view the question of payment/donation?
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