WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT YOU ARE VISITING ANTIPHIO. SPIRITUAL DIRECTION OFTEN FEELS ANTIPHONAL—A THOUGHTFUL CALL AND RESPONSE—ONE PERSON SPEAKING, THE OTHER LISTENING, ONE PERSON PRAYING, THE OTHER RESPONDING, THEN VICE VERSA. AND IN THE MIDST OF THIS SACRED CONVERSATION, GOD HAS PROMISED TO BE PRESENT.
THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY
Our souls, our lives are the dwelling place of God. This present moment, this present set of circumstances, these present relationships in our lives—this is where God lives. This is where God meets us and gives us life. How do we perceive God in our lives? How do we discern what God wants for us? How do we make good choices on our spiritual journey? These are questions we ask throughout our lives, and it is good to be able to process these questions in each season of life.
Spiritual Direction offers us the gift of being listened to and loved by another we trust, as we seek to fine tune our heart and mind to God’s work in our lives.
“The spiritual life begins in the most unlikely place. It begins with the longing that stirs way down deep, underneath the noise, the activity, the drivenness of our life.”Margaret Silf
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“We meet not to problem-solve, or fix, but to observe life, discover God in that life, and be attentive to his promptings. Our focus is on God and his subterranean work in your inner life.”David Nixon
AN EVOLVING FAITH
We are somewhere on the journey. We may be in a sweet spot, where we are feeling immersed in the life that God promised. Or, we may be in a place of challenge where the practices and the thinking that served us so well up to this point, no longer serve. Is God stretching us, inviting us deeper?
God does not change, but we do. As we encounter life’s circumstances, how is our faith being matured to meet these new challenges? Is our spiritual life evolving as we seek to discern what faithfulness looks like for each season of our life?
Is there is a deep interconnectedness between our human and spiritual journeys? Is the point of Christianity to rescue us from our humanity, or to show us the way to fulfill it? The scriptures describe Jesus as the first-born of many. Is he whispering to us—showing us the potential of an integrated life—that holiness and wholeness are both part of fulfilling God’s purposes?