Things Discovered and Taken Away from Spiritual Direction

13 April 2007

Allow yourself to love what you love.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is not really about how good the Samaritan is or how bad the Priest and Levite are.  The real point of the parable is that your neighbor, in this situation, is not the Priest or Levite —who everyone says you ought to love— but the Samaritan —the person whom it is a scandal to love.  This is the beginning of the law.  Not the whole of the law, just the beginning.

From this discussion during Spiritual Direction today, I gathered the following: allow yourself to be led where you feel led, especially if it feels exciting to go down that path.  If it feels wrong because you know it is a bad or evil path, then don’t go, but if you feel love for it . . . go down the path.

Humility.

My Spiritual Director used to be a monk, and he drew my attention to the Good Samaritan when we spoke about humility.   He was reminded of a sermon he heard when he was in the monastery.  The preacher said that realizing that what we want or plan does not always work out is not humility.  This, the preacher asserted, was humiliation.

True humility, on the other hand, is doing something, completing it, and recognizing that what was done was 100% the actor’s doing and 100% God’s grace.

There’s something very Icarnational there and very true.

 Balance.

Here’s the great challenge.  Benedict is all about balance.  We must be part of the community: not solitaries but also not holocausts of the community.  We must work, yes, but we must have time for prayer, eating, enjoyment, and Sabbath.

My Spiritual Director is a very helpful, very wise man.  Thank God for him.

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3 Responses to “Things Discovered and Taken Away from Spiritual Direction”

  1. Scott Says:

    Wonderful, Jorge. Thank you for sharing this. I sense we share a spiritual director. 🙂 Which is also wonderful (although there’s always a chance that we have different directors both of whom were monks).


  2. We may just share a spiritual director. Maybe.

  3. Scott Says:

    I’m finding spiritual direction very enlivening and hope-restoring. It has already helped me to venture into some areas I had a habit of only thinking about and not acting on. So much is helped by the dropping of self-criticism, in my case my constant labeling of my own prayer life as “fragmented,” “inadequate,” or whatever. One of the first tasks was to drop the adjectives and just label it “MY prayer life.”

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