- Jul 9, 2020
“Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love” is a book by Father Thomas Acklin and Father Boniface Hicks, two Benedictine monks at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. They spoke to Crux about what spiritual direction can provide in these troubled times.
There are many ways to pray. But three weeks into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I can say this: The Ignatian Way, for me, is like filling up with high-octane gas. They had me at Day 1, actually. “I have called you by name, you are mine,” Isaiah 43.
When Thomas Merton was master of scholastics at the Monastery at Gethsemani in 1962, he remarked that “everyone should get spiritual direction.” This was a wildly radical notion for its time. Back then, the only people who received spiritual direction — in the West, at least — were ordained clergy.