Confession and spiritual direction are like partially overlapping circles: they share some common characteristics, but their centers, their essences, are distinct.
Finding a good spiritual director is not easy. However, for those serious about advancing in prayer and the interior life, it is important to keep looking until you find a good fit—not necessarily a ‘perfect’ person, but somebody pursuing holiness, knowledgeable about prayer and the Catholic faith, committed to the Magisterium, and deeply desirous to help you grow spiritually and discern the movements of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the early years of SpiritualDirection.com and is just as relevant today. We will be re-publishing some of
What happens when someone has tried spiritual direction for a couple of years and it doesn’t “work”? Father John Bartunek answers a reader’s question and provides recommendations.
Dear Dan, I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is
Dear Father John, what is the difference between confession and spiritual direction? Confession and spiritual direction are like partially overlapping circles: they share some common
Dear Father John, I was wondering if you could give me a bit of perspective. I recently asked a director to help me in my discernment
Dear Dan, I am hesitant to go to a local priest for spiritual direction because I am worried about his submission, or lack of submission