I am writing this on the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, more often referred to as the Jesuits. Our parish owes a great deal to the Jesuits, and not only for their involvement in our liturgical life (thank you Fr. Charlie, Fr. Joe and so many others who have served this parish in years past).
Our parish also benefits from the intellectual and spiritual enrichment provided by the many professors and staff, from both Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep, who grace our community, bringing with them a deep understanding of theology, but perhaps more importantly, sharing a desire to experience the mysteries of our faith within our community. Our parish is also indebted to Fairfield University’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality, which promotes the practice of spiritual direction and trains spiritual directors. Several of our parishioners are spiritual directors, and others are currently studying to become directors. So, what exactly is this direction all about, and who needs it? Direction is a bit of a misnomer, for the actual practice of direction is more one of accompaniment, a relationship of profound listening and help-ing another to find the ways in which God is working in their lives. Many find that engaging in this practice helps them to lead more centered, purposeful and peaceful lives, helping them to see God in all things, as Ignatius preached. As to who needs it, any adult who is looking for something more, be that a deeper prayer life, a greater sense of where life is taking them, or a yearning for greater peace, would benefit. Every-one has a different reason to undertake this practice. Yet, there is a common thread…a desire for more bread for the journey in which we are all engaged.
If you are looking for something more, why not try spiritual direction on for size? You can find it in your own backyard…at the Ignatian Center. For more information, see the website or phone 203-254-4000, x. 3468. And please feel free to call me…I would be happy to chat with you about the practice of spiritual direction.