Spiritual direction is “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 relationship.” (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)
While life circumstances and struggles may be discussed in spiritual direction sessions, the focus is on how God might be communicating and leading through these life circumstances. The real spiritual director is God. The trained person who offers accompaniment does not offer advice or solve problems. Rather, she assists in helping a person become more aware of God in self, others, relationships, and events—indeed, in all of life.