Canisius Centre of Ignatian Spirituality

02 9488 4524
102 Mona Vale Rd Pymble, NSW 2073

Spiritual Direction

“We define Christian spiritual direction, then, as help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to
grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of this relationship.

The focus of this type of spiritual direction is on experience, not ideas, and specifically on religious experience, i.e., any experience of the mysterious Other we call God. Moreover, this experience is viewed, not as an isolated event, but as an expression of the ongoing personal relationship God has established with each one of us.”
“ The Practice of Spiritual Direction”  William Barry sj & William Connolly sj
Seabury Press NY 1982 p 8

“ When psychologists encounter a patient and diagnose the person, they choose from different methods of helping people, deciding on the process that is going to help most. I think this is exactly what a Spiritual Father should do. “
Fr Adolfo Nicolas sj
Jesuit Superior General
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