Spiritual direction is the help given by one believer to another that enables the latter:
The focus of spiritual direction is the directee's experience, especially religious experience, rather than concepts. As the retreatant shares his or her relationship and interaction with God in prayer and daily life, the role of the spiritual director is to encourage, facilitate and foster the directee-God interaction. Spiritual direction is neither counselling nor therapy, but a ministry. An Ignatian spiritual direction has the following characteristics:
In the inner journey of spirituality, we need companions so as to prevent ourselves from falling into prejudices, misinterpretations, or influences unconsciously. Spiritual direction serves the following purposes:
Each spiritual direction session is about 30-45 minutes. The retreatant meets the spiritual director each day during the retreat period to share on one's prayer experiences, which may include:
Different retreat houses have different ways of handling the spiritual direction fees, some used fee-charging, and others welcome donations.
Following the Jesuit tradition, Xavier House has all along adopted an offering approach for spiritual direction fee. On one hand, we are facing the increase in cost of this ministry due to stipends, formation and various expenses in recent years. On the other hand, we are cautious that fee charging may create hindrance for some retreatants to receive the service.
After our discernment, we would like to maintain the practice of offering, so that retreatants can support the development of this ministry according to their financial situations. At present, the cost for provision of each spiritual direction session is about HK$220.
If your financial situation allows you to offer more, you are actually supporting other brothers and sisters in need, as well as the development of the spiritual direction ministry.
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