The Basilica of Saint Mary
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The Basilica of Saint Mary
We are located on Hennepin Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Phone: 612.333.1381
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· Weekly Newsletter
  January 16, 2014
· Parish Bulletin
  December 27, 2013
· BASILICA Magazine
  December 6, 2013
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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the process of being with another in an attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The overall purpose of spiritual direction is to foster a relationship with the Mystery we call God rather than to solve a particular problem or work through a crisis. A director helps a person honestly face their operative image of God, possibly distorted because of earlier experiences and strives to draw out what is happening in one's relationship with God allowing God to stir the mind and heart.

God is the primary director of the soul. A spiritual director's human efforts are to assist the soul to be open and available. Besides being a good empathetic listener and caring, compassionate friend on the spiritual journey, a good spiritual director must be skilled in discerning the constructive and destructive forces that come into play when one is responding to God's invitation to develop a deeper personal relationship.
        – From The Art of Spiritual Direction,
          by Vincentia Roney, S.C.

For further information or to meet with a spiritual director, contact Janice Andersen or any of the following: 

* The Loyola Spirituality Center at 651.641.0008
* Saint Paul’s Monastery at 651.777.8181
* Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality at 651.696.2798

There are many retreat centers in Minnesota that offer a place to spend time in prayer and meet with a spiritual director.

© The labyrinth at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul »
Walking a labyrinth can be a meditative way to make a personal retreat. – Photo by Michael Jensen. [Close]
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