Fr. Thomas Dubay addresses a pressing need within the church today: the desire for spiritual direction in a climate where it is essential but difficult to find. As Fr. Dubay puts it, the spiritual director and directee 'work together to be rid of the many clingings, major and minor, which block a capacity for beauty and love.' This book focuses on the directee. Understanding spiritual direction as a process rooted in divine revelation, Dubay explores its Christic and ecclesial forms, outlining what spiritual direction is and is not and considering the problem of a competent director. The second third of the book addresses practical questions and problems in a conversational forum: Does everyone need spiritual direction? How does one find a spiritual director? Of what significance are different approaches and methods? Can one direct him/herself? (To Dubay's credit, he cautions against skipping ahead to this topic.) There's a lengthy chapter on the role of prayer in the spiritual life and a question/answer on the practical problems of contemplation. In the final pages, Fr. Dubay attends to the matter of progress and wisely engages the fact that while most of human life is ordinary and unspectacular, each of us is on one of two paths: the incarnation of authentic (and ultimately ecstatic) love or the tortuous hell of egoism. 301 pp. Nearly as new, the only mark being an inked-out previous owner name on front endpaper. All else pristine.
An Eighth Day View:
Father Thomas Dubay has written a guide for Christians who are considering spiritual direction or who are already engaged in the process. He explains what spiritual direction is, the qualities to look for in a good spiritual director, the process of finding a director, ways to develop a deeper prayer life, and how to continue growing when your enthusiasm wears thin. A Servant Book.