Spiritual direction is an opportunity for individuals to talk about their lives and their experiences of God with a person specially trained in areas such as spirituality, pastoral ministry and interpersonal communication.
The spiritual director, sometimes called a spiritual companion or guide, listens and explores with the person the signs of God’s activity in his or her life and the direction in which God seems to be calling.
Spiritual direction is a centuries-old practice in Christianity. In earlier times, it was sought mostly by people in religious life. Today, lay people increasingly seek spiritual direction as a path to spiritual growth.
Spirituality is not confined to a religion, nor is the experience of God felt only in church. While religion offers a rich tradition in which to nurture faith, experience profoundly shapes an individual’s image of the Divine. The IHM community offers an atmosphere of respect to all people who are engaged in the quest for God. A spiritual director helps to facilitate a person’s relationship with the Divine, by whatever name.
Locations and Appointments
Many IHM Sisters, Associates and colleagues are trained in the practice of spiritual direction, and this ministry is currently being offered virtually at all the IHM Spirituality Centers: River House (Monroe), Maxis (Riverview) and Visitation (Bloomfield Hills).