After receiving Spiritual Direction for 20 years and sitting with others as a Spiritual Director for 15 years, I have found Paula's saying to ring true.
Thank you for inquiring about spiritual direction. Spiritual direction means different things to different people, so let me share with you some of the most frequently asked questions.
What does the spiritual director do?
Spiritual direction is a ministry in which one person helps another to explore and deepen her/his experience of and relationship with God. Each person is invited to an intimate relationship with God. We are always growing and discovering new things about our world, God, and ourselves. A spiritual director is someone with whom you can share these experiences and grow – someone who will companion you as you discern choices and decisions in your life’s journey with God.
What will we talk about in ongoing spiritual direction?
You and your director will talk about prayer, about the ways we communicate with God and the ways God communicates with us. The director will help you to discern what you believe God is saying to you in prayer and your life experiences. The director will listen for God’s presence in your day-to-day life and help you become more aware of God’s grace.
What is my personal commitment?
Your commitment to the spiritual direction relationship is to bring yourself to the sessions openly and honestly, to be faithful to your personal prayer life and to be prompt for the scheduled meetings with your director. If you are unable to keep an appointment with your director, you are expected to contact her as much ahead of time as possible to cancel.
What do I do next?
Please complete the questionnaire via the button below. This form will also help you clarify your needs and desires as well as your relationship with God at this point in your life.
When I have received your completed form, I will contact you to arrange an initial appointment.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Susan Grace Alonso
Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Direction Institute, Cenacle Retreat House, 2002-2005
Spiritual Directors International
Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders
Austin Area Spiritual Directors Community