MNST 528 Introduction to Spiritual Direction
Spiritual direction is an aspect of pastoral ministry. It is centrally concerned with discerning the workings of God through focused, spiritual conversation. While the course does not, by itself, qualify one to exercise this ministry, it offers a broad overview of it though reading, lecture, and class discussion. It explores the nature of spiritual direction, the role and preparation of the spiritual director, and occasions for spiritual guidance in parish ministry. The course is not a practicum in spiritual direction, although it will take account of personal experience. After noting the pastoral tradition concerned with the “cure of souls,” it concentrates on the current literature that deals, theologically and practically, with this ministry.