The Way of Spiritual Direction

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This handy manual presents everything you might want to know about spiritual direction. But its focus is technical rather than inspirational. This being understood, it would be hard to find a more comprehensive treatment of the subject. The qualities of the good spiritual director are clearly set forth. Above all, the authors note, there must be a willingness to love and to listen with patience and gentleness, yet with courage to speak the often unpalatable truth. On the directee's side, there must be openness to the unexpected and willingness to wait with patience and sometimes pain for signs of progress. There must be the realization that God is the ultimate spiritual director, guiding every soul according to his timetable of what is best suited to the uniqueness of the individual.

 

Contents

Principal Abbreviations
11
SpiritualizationInteriorization
25
The Spiritual Director as Abba Amma
33
Spiritual Direction as Listening
51
2 Spiritual dimensions of listening
61
Manifestation of the Heart
67
Basic Principles for Listening
83
Divine Wisdom
95
Difficulties for the Director in Listening
119
Difficulties for the Directee in Listening
130
Listening to and Loving the Directee
146
The Spiritual DirectorDirectee Relationship
161
Listening and Poverty of Spirit
181
Personalized Retreats
193
Conclusion
213
Copyright

The Emergence of the Directees Spiritual Direction
108

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Page 18 - Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.
Page 18 - And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!

About the author (1993)

Fr. Francis Kelly Nemeck, O.M.I., (1936-2014) taught theology in the United States and Canada, besides having missionary and pastoral experience in Texas and Mexico. He earned a doctorate in spirituality from Les FacultÚs Catholiques de Lyon in France. He served for forty years at Lebh Shomea, authored and coauthored several books, and was a spiritual director. Marie Theresa Coombs lives as a canonically recognized hermit at Lebh Shomea, a contemplative-eremitical house of prayer in the desert of South Texas. She earned a master's degree in theological studies from Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio. Besides coauthoring several books on prayer and spirituality, she is a spiritual director.

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