What is spiritual direction?

Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to walk with a companion along the journey of discipleship.  The companion’s only concerns are to pray for you, listen to you, and to invite you to listen to God a little more closely.   The sole focus of spiritual direction is you and your relationship with God.

Each relationship between a person and his or her spiritual director is unique.  It is common to meet monthly for about an hour.  The conversation is about the directee’s life and where and how God is present in it. 


The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what [Christians] call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul.  This is an entirely supernatural (spiritual) thing, for the work of rescuing the inner person from automatism belongs first of all to the Holy Spirit. (Thomas Merton) 


What is a good time to consider meeting with a spiritual director?

When you are asking yourself questions like:
What am I supposed to do?
Am I headed in the right direction?
Where is God?
How do I get closer to God?
How can I grow in my faith?

What if I don't live in the Cleveland area?

It is possible to for us to meet over the phone.  We need to both be comfortable with the process.  It is helpful if the first meeting can be face-to-face.  If you interested in direction by phone, please email or call me.  Then we can both pray about the wisdom of meeting this way or I can recommend a director in your area.

What is Spiritual Direction?
  If you are interested in contacting Pat Cleary-Burns about scheduling an
appointment for direction, please email him at pcleary-burns@earthlink.net.

"To all the saints in Christ Jesus...I thank my God every time I remember you."
          - Phil.1: 1& 3

"I came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly."
            - John 10:10