Waking Up Through Spiritual Direction

Philip Shano, SJ, reflects on the similarities between a personal trainer and a spiritual director.

We are sometimes half asleep, almost in a slumber—whether with our physical or spiritual exercise. I find that Christian helps wake me up, at least when I am at Goodlife. Part of the gift of a spiritual director is that he or she can wake me up spiritually. Just the fact that I’m meeting with her will make me more attentive to what is happening in my interior life. I might speak of a movement in my interior life to my director and he asks a subtle question that causes me to look at my situation in a new way.

If you’ve resolved this year to find a spiritual director, Becky Eldredge offers some advice.


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