A dedicated university student diligently prepares for final exams. His professional future will depend on his good results. Besides attending classes, the student will consult various sources, ask for advice from people who have already completed the same studies, and he will also seek the opinion of those who have mastered the topics at hand… but in all cases, his main attention will be focused on the lectures received from the professors. No one studies for exams depending merely on the assistance received from their companions! Security comes from following the guidance received from those who have the task of teaching.
So also, our spiritual life is a continuous preparation for the final exam which consists in the judgment on which our eternal destiny will depend. Though we have real necessity of the counsels of friends, and receive them with gladness and gratitude, it is indispensible to base oneself essentially on the direction of the authentic teachers to whom the Redeemer himself designated the mission of instructing, guiding and sanctifying his flock and to whom He gave a special charism for this task. Our eternal destiny is far too important for us to rely on the support of our older brothers and sisters alone.
Teachings of the Magisterium
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II – The faithful form part of the learning Church and are not called to teach
5 thoughts on “106 – Spiritual direction is a charism of the laity
Of course nuns are called to be teachers, an abbess will want to lead her daughters closer to Jesus. However, the concrete point here is “spiritual director” who hears confession and gets to know the depths of a soul and only then in Persona Christi and in guidance of the Holy Spirit can he be able to instruct the soul how to proceed to follow Christ. All saints had spiritual directors. The Pope’s remarks are not surprising. At the end of the Synod of the family he proclaimed, that the church is a pyramid and that he wants to turn the pyramid up side down because the people have a conscience and the Holy Spirit. For me that borders on one of the worst heretical comments ever because it indicates the faith and truth proclaimed by the Church can be bypassed by a person’s conscientious opinion. Sacred Heart of Jesus of mercy on us.
1. ” … isn’t there a wise nun, a nun who lives the charism well, a good nun with experience? Do spiritual direction with her!’ – ‘But she’s a woman!’ – ‘But it is a charism of lay people!’ ”
Why is the pope referring to a (presumably professed) religious sister as a ‘lay person’?
I do believe the religious life for women is also a consecration, therefore calling a ‘nun’ a ‘lay person’ is strange.
You should have caught that, first.
2. My brave priests who manage this site, this particular page is leaning a little too heavy on “Women (and laymen), be silent in the Church” when we have many lay people who teach in Catholic schools, colleges and universities.
Try to be careful about being too aggressive on your ‘priestly privilege’.
Please be careful whose you are speaking to….and please be respectful to our brave priests. May God always bless and protect our brave priests.
But they only put up original texts without personal opinions. Could it be that YOU think that the Church should be different than it has always been?