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Companions on the road

Companions on the road

Sue Sheppy explores the meaning and value of what is known as spiritual direction

Companions on the road

On a training course for prospective spiritual directors, I was asked to reflect on what spiritual direction was for me. I concluded it was support to become who I was meant to be, by providing some­one who would pray for me, help me to discern what God was saying, nurture me, be a sounding board, a safety net, a provider of information, time, space, a listening ear, companionship, challenge and encouragement. Quite a tall order, and yet at different times it has been all of these things for me. What it has never been is directive in the sense of telling me what to do.

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