What is Spiritual Direction?

What is my commitment?

The role of the spiritual guide can be expressed in several ways, but basically it is to stand in service to the relationship between God and the one seeking direction. This is done through respectful listening to the experience of the retreatant (or directee), helping him/her to recognize and listen more deeply to his/her own experience of God. The director does not tell the person what to do, but may offer suggestions for reflection and prayer on the part of the retreatant.


Hourly appointments are scheduled about every four weeks.

Spiritual Direction (SD) is a priviledged time and place to reflect with another about your relationship with God. The focus is your life with God as it is lived out in all of your experiences. SD is the process of coming home to your deepest self. Thus, all of your life is material for SD as you seek to become more aware of God's presence in your life. The agenda is what you bring: prayer, images of God, questions of faith, concerns about the church, relationships, fears, and joys. The director / guide helps you to listen to your life experiences with as much care as it deserves.


SD, though practiced in the Church for centuries, is increasingly sought by people in today's world who desire a deeper relationship with God and someone to accompany them in that search. The tradition has consistently defined the practice of SD as an art that recognizes the Holy Spirit as the true director.

A spiritual director “helps the [seeker] to address God directly and to listen to what God has to communicate.  The focus of this kind of spiritual direction is the relationship itself between God and the person.  The person is helped not so much to understand that relationship better, but to engage in it, to enter into dialogue with God.”


– What is Spiritual Direction? by William Barry, SJ

"Spiritual direction seeks primarily to enable the seeker to achieve a deep relationship with or grounding in God and thus to live a life of total freedom, individuality and deep love." 


– Alice McDowell,  The Three Dimensions of Spiritual Direction

What is the role of the 'director' or guide?

The role of the spiritual guide can be expressed in several ways, but basically it is to stand in service to the relationship between God and the one seeking direction. This is done through respectful listening to the experience of the retreatant (or directee), helping him/her to recognize and listen more deeply to his/her own experience of God. The director does not tell the person what to do, but may offer suggestions for reflection and prayer on the part of the retreatant.


Your commitment to the Spiritual Direction relationship is that of bringing yourself to the session in an open stance, being faithful to your personal prayer life, and to the scheduled meetings with your Guide.


We are aware that we are offering a service when we provide SD - indeed, a professional service.  To sustain our ministry and livelihood in Singapore,  a donation or a board rate fee between SGD30-50 per session is suggested. We rely heavily on the generosity and support of those who are able to make donations to us. This can be discussed on your first visit with your Guide.


You may then choose to make your offering in person or via bank transfer:


1) Use PayNow  
CENACLE MISSION (SINGAPORE) LTD. 
UEN: 201512247H

2) Bank transfer the amount to
     OCBC Bank Account No       
     689-786671-001