04 August 2008

Constants for human guidance

I'm reading Tilden Edwards' Spiritual Friend: Reclaiming the Gift of Spiritual Direction:

The records of Jesus' ministry marked the path of spiritual guidance taken throughout the Church's history. Through a great variety of forms, there have been these constants:
  • a sense of serving and sharing with rather than "lording it over" another
  • a sense of confidence in human capacity and calling to be in contact with the Holy, and to mediate it to one another through word, sacrament, and deed
  • an integral relation of moral and spiritual development
  • a vision of bearing, struggling hope in the final reconciliation of all creation in its intimate Source
  • a willingness to work with all sorts and conditions of people, one to one, in groups, in crowds, near and far
  • a valuation of ritual/sacramental means of grace: bread and wine, water, hands, and words of reconciliation.

These "constants" for human guidance, I believe, are as much living waters for us today as two thousand years ago.

[p. 41]

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