“Genuine Spiritual Accompaniment”
“Today more than ever we need men and women who, on the basis of their experience of accompanying others, are familiar with processes which call for prudence, understanding, patience and docility to the Spirit, so that they can protect the sheep from wolves who would scatter the flock. We need to practice the art of listening, which is more than simply hearing. Listening, in communication, is an openness of heart which makes possible that closeness without which genuine spiritual encounter cannot occur.” (Pope Francis – Evangelii Gaudium 171)
Reflect for a moment on a time God has placed in your life someone who was in need of your ‘spiritual accompaniment’. What was that experience like for you and that person?