Thursday began with morning prayers as usual. Colleen led us through an almost Lectio Divina exercise on the Prayer of St. Patrick. It was quite profound to meditate on the words…"I arise today in God’s mighty strength, in the power of the three-ness". A real sense of God’s presence was felt as we took time to embrace and enter the Kingdom.
The day was spent with Steve Imbach from Soul Stream. Steve is a Spiritual Director and he led us through some teaching on Spiritual Direction and how it can help us learn to pay attention to how God is working in our lives. One of the requirements this year is for each of us to see a Spiritual Director once a month, so what we experienced was an introduction to what we can expect.
One of the questions I have about Spiritual Direction pertains to its role in the church. I think it is an important question and one that needs discussion. There is an argument that impartiality and an unbiased perspective is critical to the direction relationship, as well as the intentionality of the relationship that stems beyond the confines of a friendship. So this seems to support and "outside of church SD relationship". However, I am inclined to wonder at what the possibilities of this function are in the local Church context. I guess it depends on the charisma of the community and if the gift of SD is available. I could see it being the role of an elder or group of elders that are committed to the spiritual care of the congregation. Perhaps if there was a commitment to training in SD and if that was emphasized in the church, this could come to fruition. I say this because, form what I’ve learned this week, there is a specific skill set involved. I know many have sought SD outside the church and I am inclined to wonder at how much of that is cultural and stems from a low view of ecclesiology? I am curious to hear your thoughts.
After Lunch Steve Imbach and Kathy Bentall (another SD) had a meeting in view of the group. It was helpful to see the line of questioning and how she listened in awareness to what the Spirit was saying through Steve’s sharing.
After dinner Tim, Jake and I went for a walk around Killarney lake and took in the sights of creation. It was a good day, we had evening prayers and then sat up and chatted into the night, contemplating if this was the last night that we would be at Rivendell together, or if the Lord would bring us back sometime.
What are your thoughts about Spiritual Direction and the Church?
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