Why is Spiritual Direction helpful?

Spiritual direction is helpful because it enables the directee (person receiving spiritual direction) to focus on and to articulate their experience of God in the myriad and mysterious ways in which God is present: – in prayer and in the sacred writings of various faith traditions – in people and human relationships – in the natural beauty of creation – in the wonders inherent in the ordinary events of daily life. In exploring these experiences and the feelings connected with them, the directee can again encounter the mystery of God and God’s loving call at even deeper levels.

A person may seek spiritual direction when he or she desires to pay better attention to the ways in which God is present and communicating with them and is inviting the person into deeper friendship. This ongoing conversation with another believer presupposes that God is a self-communicating God, who can reveal self to the person through prayer, sacraments, scripture, creation, solitude, human relationships or one's own experiences.