Spiritual direction gently invites
the person to grow, calls him or her to conversion and
toward a deeper relationship with God and others.
Spiritual direction is, in reality,
nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey
the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths
of our soul.
(Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, USA)
We define Christian spiritual
direction as help given by one Christian to another
which enables that person to pay attention to God’s
personal communication to him or her, to respond to this
personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with
this God, and to live out the consequences of the
(William A. Barry, SJ and William J. Connolly, SJ,
Center for Religous Development, Cambridge,