What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is the act of getting in touch with the core of who we are. Our goal in life is to allow that core of who we are—made in the image and likeness of God—to be manifested in the love and respect we give to ourselves and others.
What is Spiritual Direction?
Spiritual Direction is walking with someone as they make their journey with God.
“The whole concern of the director should be not to accommodate souls to his/her own way or to what suits him. Rather he ought to see if he can discern the particular way along which God is leading them…” - St. John of the Cross
“The spiritual director is often called upon to unmask illusions. This consists principally in helping the person to un-know the mistaken assumptions which they entertain regarding God, self, prayer, love, sins, etc.” – The Way of Spiritual Direction, pg. 88
“The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what [Christians] call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul. This is an entirely supernatural (spiritual) thing, for the work of rescuing the inner person from automatism belongs first of all to the Holy Spirit. – Thomas Merton
People interested in meeting with a spiritual director should contact the Retreat Center Director, at (479) 783-1135 or email [email protected]
Spiritual direction meetings, available by appointment, are usually about one hour in length. Most individuals meet with their directors once a month or every six weeks, with meeting times set by mutual agreement.