Spiritual Friendship

“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