It seems the need for solace, peace and understanding has never been higher as the area wrestles with the effects of the pandemic, economic conditions and a seemingly unending divisiveness in the nation. We are beyond the need for a “mental health break,” many have reached a state of emotional and spiritual exhaustion in their lives. While most centers are currently closed for visitors due to the pandemic’s critical status in the area, we are still offering a service that is increasing in demand: Spiritual Direction.
What is Spiritual Direction?
“Spiritual Direction” are often misunderstood words. So what is Spiritual Direction, and who delivers it? Spiritual Direction is often compared to counseling or therapy, which it is not. It is often “taught” by those who have not traditionally trained. This is not the case with Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center. Becoming a Spiritual Director can take up to two years to complete, and not every candidate becomes a director. In simple terms, Spiritual Direction is a means for an individual (the directee) to meet with a qualified Spiritual Director on their spiritual journey. So it is more of an accompaniment with another than purely giving advice. Compassionate listening is often a crucial part of the service, and those receiving Spiritual Direction share their spiritual journey in life, covering all aspects which affect their relationship with God. Ultimately, the goal is to deepen our relationship with God and find the increasing inner peace which all seek in these difficult times.
How does it work?
Meetings typically occur once a month for around an hour; these days these meetings can happen on the phone or via Zoom or similar service. Mater Dolorosa has several spiritual directors on their staff and offers the service regularly.
Here are some effects of what those who have received Spiritual Direction has been on their lives: “Spiritual Direction is something people don’t talk about. Many think it’s only for really holy people. In my very ordinary life as a very busy working mom struggling with schedules, meals, commitments, and all the world throws at us- I discovered Spiritual Direction. Perhaps it’s more accurate that the Holy Spirit stopped me and whispered gently into my ear- I Love You, just as you are, here and now, come out of your storm and rest. Through Spiritual Direction my life with the Holy Trinity has been transformed. My only regret is not having started Spiritual Direction much earlier in my life.” AK, Los Angeles
“Attempting to understand how God is working in my life often makes me impatient and frustrated! Spiritual Direction sustains me in navigating changes and unknowns, facing fear, and moving forward in complete trust of God’s love for me, with my Spiritual Director as my journey guide.” “I know every bird in the mountains and the creatures of the field are mine,” and so God provided with the grace of Spiritual Direction. Spiritual Direction found me.”
Mater Dolorosa offers spiritual Direction to those looking for a deeper relationship with God. These are just a couple of experiences from individuals receiving Spiritual Direction.
For further information on Spiritual Direction please fill out the following form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.