I have just read this on Catholic.net. Is this true? If it is true, a lot of us are going to find it very tough to make it to the ‘Olympic games’. I don’t have a spiritual director and I know of quite a few Catholics in Cardiff who don’t either and who really want one (actually a very small minority of the Catholics that I know, in the UK and elsewhere, actually have a spiritual director). They tell me that they feel lost and find it so hard to get their prayer life in order. I feel like that a lot of the time too but the internet is often a gift in these situations. Thanks be to God for the writings of the saints (almost all of which can be found online), papal encyclicals and Catholic blogs. Today, I started reading St Faustina’s diary which I ordered from abebooks.co.uk.
The one person who would have been suitable to be a spiritual director for me and is as orthodox and traditional as you can get (in Cardiff, that is!) seems to be afraid of me. At least, that is the impression I get. They spoke with me once, gave me a book, and then the next time I saw them, I was shooed out of the room after 10 minutes. I assume that I am a scary/disturbing person?
I’ve come to the conclusion that for those of us not fortunate enough to have a spiritual director on earth, God has to be our spiritual director. After all, St Therese didn’t really have a spiritual director. As I remember it, when she entered Carmel, her Spiritual Director was sent away or had to leave for some reason to a foreign country and she received a few letters from him every year and that’s it. So, it can be done.
Perhaps this is one of those situations that Thomas A Kempis spoke of where we realise how frail humans are and we are therefore taught to place all our trust in God.