“Accompanying in prayer” is a traditional monastic practice coming to us from the third and fourth centuries of the earliest monastic communities. For the past five centuries “accompanying” has often been referred to as “spiritual direction” in the Ignatian and Carmelite traditions. A common distortion of the tradition is understanding the “director” as an expert who “directs” the one praying and discerning.

The monastic tradition better understands the practice as a respectful  accompanying of the one praying and discerning

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