Giving spiritual direction and preparing to become a spiritual director are characterized in terms of the preparation, qualities, and practical considerations necessary for guiding fellow Christians.
Being a Spiritual Friend In Chapter Four I spoke of that fabled lost throne , the awakening to our divine royal lineage , and our hard struggle for the fullness of that rightful heritage and calling . Why is it a struggle ?
Author: Tilden Edwards
Publisher: Paulist Press
Spiritual Friendship is today the best known and perhaps most influential of the thirteen surviving works of Aelred, abbot of the great English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx from 1147 '1167. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make it a mother of mercy" to those in need. In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in al his creatures, linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in friendship with God in beatitude. This fresh new translation makes the work crisply readable, allowing the intellectual and Christian insight of this great Cistercian teacher and writer to speak clearly to today's seekers of love, wisdom, and truth. Lawrence C. Braceland, was professor of classics and dean at Ignatius College, Guelph (Canada), until in 1963 becoming professor of classics and dean of arts and sciences at St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba. After his retirement in 1-978, he devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes al the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland. Marshal. Dutton, professor of medieval literature and director of graduate studies in English at Ohio University, is along time student of the works of Aelred of Rievaulx and of other twelfth-century Cistercian writers. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. In addition to her many articles on Cistercian thought, Dutton has written the introduction to Vita Aelredi (CF 57) and edited Aelred's The Historical Works and Lives of the Northern Saints (CF 56, 71) as well as preparing a critical edition of Aelred's Pastoral Prayer (CF 73). She was one of the editors of Truth as Gift: Studies in Cistercian History Honoring John R. Sommerfeldt (CS 204). "
Let a friend, then, calmly, clearly, and freely persuade his friend of what is honorable. Friends should not only be warned but even reproved if necessary, because to some people the truth is irksome. According to the poet, ...
Author: Marsha L. Dutton
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Friendship is a relationship like no other. Unlike the relationships we are born into, we choose our friends. It is also tenuous--we can end a friendship at any time. But should friendship be so free and unconstrained? Although our culture tends to pay more attention to romantic love, marriage, family, and other forms of community, friendship is a genuine love in its own right. This eloquent book reminds us that Scripture and tradition have a high view of friendship. Single Christians, particularly those who are gay and celibate, may find it is a form of love to which they are especially called. Writing with deep empathy and with fidelity to historic Christian teaching, Wesley Hill retrieves a rich understanding of friendship as a spiritual vocation and explains how the church can foster friendship as a basic component of Christian discipleship. He helps us reimagine friendship as a robust form of love that is worthy of honor and attention in communities of faith. This book sets forth a positive calling for celibate gay Christians and suggests practical ways for all Christians to cultivate stronger friendships.
who point out that often in Scripture—as is the case in the history we surveyed in the previous chapter—the language of nonsexual friendship and romantic love are vocabularies that can overlap and intermingle.
Author: Wesley Hill
Publisher: Brazos Press
Hardly a day goes by without some poll or news story documenting the changing relationship between the general population and religion, often accompanied by predictions of doom. The rise of the "nones" and the "dones" leaves many adrift in a world with multiple complex challenges. Providers of "spiritual friendship"--pastors, spiritual directors, pastoral counselors, concerned Christians--will need to change their approach as those with whom they interact distance themselves from the church. How should we talk with the "nones" and the "dones" about their spiritual lives? How can we be with them in their struggles when they are suspicious of our motives? These are questions providers of spiritual friendship face every day. This book offers answers that can help them look at their work in new ways. Stewart-Sicking presents an innovative approach to spiritual friendship, addressing major challenges of modern life and significant challenges in the lives of individuals, as well as making accessible scholarship on the subject that is difficult for practitioners to access.
instructor, or old friend, all spiritual companionship is characterized by a special form of friendship that offers a space of freedom in which we can be honestly ourselves and explore our deepest spiritual longings.
Author: Joseph A. Stewart-Sicking
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
We long to nurture our weary souls. But what if ordinary relationships are the answer? Intimacy with others is a part of our soul's architecture, and it can restore life and health to our depleted souls. Spiritual Friendship introduces you to principles of friendship that bring focus to your spiritual life. You'll discover what it takes to have a rich, God-centered relationship that will nourish your soul.
In such a moment, the Holy Spirit's activity is present, even if the topic represents an expression of failure or ... At one end of the reactionary spectrum, when we hear the truth about our friend, the temptation exists to recoil in ...
Author: Mindy Caliguire
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
A collection of the favorite guided meditations of senior monks and nuns of the International Mahayana Institute of the FPMT. A collection of the favorite guided meditations of senior monks and nuns of the International Mahayana Institute of the FPMT. These meditations center on different Buddhist themes and provide a good resource for the practicing meditator. The book also includes brief spiritual autobiographies that allow the reader to trace each contributors' entry into and study of Tibetan Buddhism. Our true spiritual friends are the positive potentials in our minds, which will never never disappoint us and never desert us. Similarly, the generous and personal meditations offered in this book help us develop these potentials and thus are true friends to whom we can always turn. Likewise, the Sangha, as the ordained followers of the Buddha upon whom the continuity of the Buddha's teachings depend, are spiritual friends who encourage us and inspire us to transform our minds. This unique book—the first from the International Mahayana Institute—contains meditations written by eighteen nuns and monks of the IMI Sangha as well as an autobiographical essay from each in which these nuns and monks share how they came to the ordained life.
... spirit of no expectation. It does— n't matter if you feel that the meditation goes well or not, that no par— ticular changes seem to take place during or after the meditation. The main thing is to do it—have faith in your own buddha ...
Author: Thubten Dondrub
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
All her school life, Tanya had been a socially awkward individual with very few friends. However, from the day she starts college, she wants to change her nature of being a loner. After joining college, she meets a young man, Chetan, and falls in love with him but later discovers a surprising fact about him that opens the door to a whole new world for her. Despite all the academic struggles, she eventually makes it into a Master's program in a reputed university. On her first day there, a senior professor announces that she did not get admission by merit but because one of the associate professors was impressed by her profile, and had thus fought for her admission. With time, the associate professor and Tanya get attracted to each other while she is still dating Chetan. With an active sex life, she enjoys the attention of two successful men. The story revolves around her confusion between the two love interests in her life.
I call it 'Spirit Friend' and it is a motivational blog where I share my philosophies and thoughts.” Chetan was impressed he said, “Wow darling, I am proud of you. I always knew that you will do something special in life.
Author: Shivangi Puri Dewan
Publisher: BlueRose Publishers
Saint Bernard (of Clairvaux) James Macintosh Houston. □ The Love of God And Spiritual Friendship Bernard of Clairvaux.
Author: Saint Bernard (of Clairvaux)
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
Combining behind-the-scenes coverage of an often besieged religious group with a personal account of one woman's struggle to find meaning in it, Betrayal of the Spirit takes readers to the center of life in the Hare Krishna movement. Nori J. Muster joined the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)--the Hare Krishnas--in 1978, shortly after the death of the movement's spiritual master, and worked for ten years as a public relations secretary and editor of the organization's newspaper, the ISKCON World Review. In this candid and critical account, Muster follows the inner workings of the movement and the Hare Krishnas' progressive decline. Combining personal reminiscences, published articles, and internal documents, Betrayal of the Spirit details the scandals that beset the Krishnas--drug dealing, weapons stockpiling, deceptive fundraising, child abuse, and murder within ISKCON–as well as the dynamics of schisms that forced some 95 percent of the group's original members to leave. In the midst of this institutional disarray, Muster continued her personal search for truth and religious meaning as an ISKCON member until, disillusioned at last with the movement's internal divisions, she quit her job and left the organization. In a new preface to the paperback edition, Muster discusses the personal circumstances that led her to ISKCON and kept her there as the movement's image worsened. She also talks about "the darkest secret"–child abuse in the ISKCON parochial schools--that was covered up by the public relations office where she worked.
My spiritual friend was gone. I drove to the L.A. temple nearly every weekend during spring quarter. Mu- kunda borrowed an IBM Selectric II typewriter from the BBT so I could do my schoolwork. Back then, the Selectric was a cutting-edge ...
Author: Nori J. Muster
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Parishioners today look to their congregations to feed their spiritual hunger. But many members and clergy are not sure how the words "congregation" and "spirituality" fit together. Author Celia Hahn interviewed 30 lay people and clergy from five Episcopal congregations to discover their stories of congregational spirituality and to help them identify the congregation's gifts for spiritual development. Hahn becomes a spiritual companion and resource for the searching congregation, guiding the church as it begins to discover its gifts. How is God at work in our congregation? How do members empowered by the transforming Spirit minister in their workplaces, neighborhoods, and families? How do members move into a deeper relationship with one another and with God?
Carolyn Gratton, The Art of Spiritual Guidance (New York: Crossroad, 1995), 128. Chapter 9 1. Edwards, Spiritual Friend, 88. Chapter 11 1. Corinne Ware, Discover Your Spiritual Type (Bethesda: Alban Institute, 1995). Chapter 12 1.
Author: Celia A. Hahn
Publisher: Alban Books