“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.” The Basic Elements of Theology and Practise of Spiritual Direction

  • Pavel Vojtěch Kohut Catholic Faculty of Theology, Charles University in Prague

Abstract

The article introduces spiritual direction in relation to the mystery of the Trinity. Based on the existing terminology (direction, fatherhood and support), it distinguishes three basic dimensions of spiritual direction, defined according to their relation to the three divine Persons. It concerns the charisma of direction, discernment and fatherhood, which enables the Holy Spirit to work via spiritual director on the guided in order to become the follower of Jesus Christ in a more radical way, to resemble Christ and to be united with him. The relation with the persons of God determines also the requirements to the guided person (modesty, trust and good judgement) and to the director (knowledge, experience and prudence). This theological concept is complemented with anthropological observations: the author offers his own model for spiritual direction (with the personal and temporal structure of human being, the instances of censor and mirror and the dynamics of thoughts and Word), suggests the interaction between the guide and the guided and criticises the itineraries of spiritual development.

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DOI: 10.14712/23363398.2015.73
Published
2015-05-27
How to Cite
KOHUT, Pavel Vojtěch. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.” The Basic Elements of Theology and Practise of Spiritual Direction. Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 179-197, may 2015. ISSN 2336-3398. Available at: <http://theologica.cz/index.php/theologica/article/view/136>. Date accessed: 17 july 2019.
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