Today I want to share a couple of links to helpful articles.
Good Grief by Meghan O’ Rourke raises the question, “Is there a better way to be bereaved?” in The New Yorker.
Soul Counsel by Jennifer Woodruff Tait explores the rediscovery of the ancient practice of spiritual direction among modern Protestants.
“If you avoid unnecessary talk and aimless visits, listening to news and gossip, you will find plenty of time to spend in meditation on holy things.”
— Thomas a Kempis
“Being a spiritual friend is being the physician of a wounded soul. And what does a physician do when someone comes with a bleeding wound?
Three things: He or she cleanses the wound, aligns the sundered parts, and gives it rest. That’s all. The physician does not heal. He or she provides an environment for the dominant natural process of healing to take its course . . . . an environment for the birthing and nourishing of a whole soul.”
Tilden H. Edwards
in Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction, p. 125