A Guide to Spiritual Direction

In this new podcast series well-known author and lecturer on Ignatian Spirituality, Brian O’Leary SJ, answers simply and clearly some of the many questions asked about the practice of ‘spiritual direction’, also known as ‘spiritual accompaniment’.

Indeed one of the questions he addresses is the different titles assigned to the ancient practice of walking and assisting a person on their ‘spiritual’ journey. And the foregoing sentence gives rise to another vexed question  – what do we mean by ‘spirituality? The answer is illuminating.

This series of short and informed responses are not just a result of Brian’s academic endeavours but also come from his long years of practice as a spiritual director himself. He has journeyed with hundreds of people from all walks of life who have come to him for guidance, wisdom, and support.

Brian addresses other queries also such as what is the difference between spiritual direction and counselling, and practical questions such as ‘how much does it cost?’  The first question in this short podcast series is a fundamental one – “What is spiritual direction?

The power of naming

November 17, 2021

Accompanying people on the path of spiritual growth is most commonly known as 'spiritual direction'. But there are a number of other ways of describing it as Brian O'Leary explains

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Exploring a puzzling word

November 9, 2021

Author and Spiritual Director Brian O'Leary SJ explores the meaning of the word 'spirit', in this podcast series on the nature of spiritual direction

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What do we mean by an ‘inner life?’

October 26, 2021

Brian O'Leary explores the meaning of the term 'inner life', a concept with which everyone can identify whether or not they call themselves spiritual

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What exactly is ‘spiritual direction?’

October 12, 2021

In this podcast series author and lecturer on Ignatian Spirituality, Brian O'Leary SJ, answers simply and clearly some of the questions asked about the practice of 'spiritual direction'

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