Spiritual direction is appropriate for anyone seeking to go deeper in their relationship with God. Each person's faith journey is unique and people of any (or no) religious denomination can benefit.
Through prayer, reflective listening and gentle companioning, Janene helps you recognize God’s presence within and around you. You are better able to discern God’s call to live out your faith in the context of everyday life. Since God touches all areas of your life, all aspects are appropriate for discussion in a spiritual direction relationship.
The call to seek spiritual direction is initiated by God. We need only be attentive to the still, small voice within us to hear it. The call comes sometimes as a yearning to know God better or to understand our purpose. Sometimes it focuses on discerning God’s will for us at certain critical periods in our life. At times it may be a vague feeling of emptiness within us, a desire for inner peace or a closer relationship with God.
The Spiritual Exercises is a program of meditations, prayers, considerations and contemplative practices created by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help us grow in faith, hope, and love. Rooted in Scripture, these Exercises were originally designed to be made over a period of 30 consecutive days while on silent retreat away from home.
More practically they may be made in the course of daily life during a period of several months while living at home. The Exercises generally begin in September and end in approximately May in order to align with the liturgical year, but may actually be undertaken at any time. A commitment of an hour of daily prayer and weekly meetings with a director are important to realize the full benefits of the Exercises. Through the Exercises one comes to know themselves and God more fully and become more free.