Spiritual Direction is NOT wandering around…
Wandering around is the opposite of a deliberate journey in a distinct direction. Spiritual direction that is directionless is a contradiction. Some modern conceptions of spiritual direction have reduced the director-to-directee relationship to one of a companion in spiritual meandering. This is not a picture of healthy spiritual direction. Spiritual direction that lacks direction is not direction at all. It may make the both parties feel good about one another, but if the desired end is not Christ and a specific path does not emerge for the directee to follow in order to better know and love Christ and others, then the relationship cannot rightly be called spiritual direction.
This is an excerpt from Dan Burke’s 2012 book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here.
Art for this post on spiritual direction is not wandering around: Christ and Saint Mina [or Menas], iconographer unknown, 6th-century icon from Bawit, Egypt, PD-US author’s life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons. Feature Image Art: from the cover of Dan Burke’s 2012 book “Navigating the Interior Life — Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God”, used with permision of Dan Burke, all rights reserved.