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Formation for Spiritual Maturity

Formation is like looking at an atlas or a map with a child. You explain to the child that this is the meadow, that is the forest, here a river flows and there is a city. If you really want to help the child, you also say that you know all of this because light green stands for meadow, dark green for forest, light blue for water and grey or brown for city. If you teach the child to understand the legend, you give him insight such that the child is no longer dependent on you, but from now on he can read the map himself.

The same goes for spiritual direction. It is important that you share the legend...You teach people the way to their souls and how to find orientation in their souls in such a way that they are aware of the path that you are taking together.

 

Excerpted from The Art of Spiritual Direction: A Guide to Ignatian Practice by Jos Moons SJ
(p.34)