Companions for the Journey
Spiritual Companions, who listen to you, and help enable a discerning of God in one’s life as one shares on the experience of life and prayer can be one of the most important resources to faithful living.The leaflet ‘Choosing a Spiritual Guide’ is helpful in thinking about finding someone and can be found on the Retreat Association web site.
Retreats (particularly Individually Guided Retreats – IGR’s) provide a time away from home and work to stop and be still with God. Having a companion for just a few days on Retreat can be a great encouragement and support that feeds back into everyday life.
The Retreat Association www.retreats.org.uk publish a journal ‘Retreats’ each year (available in religious bookshops) which lists most of the retreats that are running. The list can be overwhelming and it is worth talking to others who have done retreats for their suggestions.
Quiet Days offer another way of giving space for reflection and prayer. Again Whirlow Grange Spirituality Centre organises a Quiet Days through the year.
Llysfasi Spirituality Workshop: An experiential workshop in Contemplative Listening, based upon the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola - it runs for a fortnight each summer. www.llysfasi-spirituality-workshop.org.uk
St Beunos Ignatian Spirituality Centre in North Wales www.beunos.plus.com/
UK Jesuit Home Pages www.jesuit.org.uk
Sacred Space - an excellent prayer site www.sacredspace.ie
Orientations for Spiritual Growth (John Veltri sj) spiritualorientations.com