Why Should You Get a Spiritual Director? (Trending with Timmerie)

Have you been trying to discern something on your own? Would you find more peace if you had someone who could help you along the process? It may help to consider finding a spiritual director! How do you go about finding one?

In this podcast episode of “Trending,” Timmerie talks to Maria Brackett, a spiritual director and trainer at Divine Mercy University. They discuss the concept of spiritual direction and how to find a spiritual director. Maria explains that spiritual direction is a ministry aimed at helping individuals grow in their relationship with the Lord. It involves deep listening, understanding, and providing guidance in one’s spiritual journey. It differs from therapy, which focuses on human problems, whereas spiritual direction focuses on the relationship with God.

Maria emphasizes that spiritual directors can come from various backgrounds, including laypeople, priests, religious sisters, and others. The key is finding someone you trust and feel comfortable sharing your spiritual journey with.

They also address the importance of setting clear boundaries in the spiritual direction relationship to avoid confusion with friendship. Maria highlights that spiritual directors should always prioritize the individual’s spiritual growth and not seek mutual giving and receiving.

Lastly, Timmerie mentions the road map to finding a spiritual director, which includes initiating a conversation about your needs, sharing your spiritual history, and being patient as the relationship develops. She encourages you to explore the possibility of finding a spiritual director, whether through their parish priest or other sources like Divine Mercy University.

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.