Siloam45: Spiritual Direction

Siloam is a program for the formation of spiritual directors.  But what do we mean by the term ‘spiritual direction’?  I find it easier to talk about what it is not!  In what follows. I describe that it is not really ‘spiritual’ in the sense that most people use that...

The Secrets of My Heart

When Thomas More was being led to his execution on Tower Hill in 1535, a large crowd gathered to witness. Robert Bolt’s play A Man for all Seasons portrays the scene: More’s beloved daughter Meg breaks from the crowd and rushes to embrace her father, in tears. More...

Human Relationships

We humans are instinctively relational. We are made for relationships. ‘No man is an island,’ wrote John Donne. From the very beginning, God said: ‘It is not good that man should be alone – I will make him a helper as his partner.’ (Genesis 2:18) Relationships are...

Understanding Spiritual Direction

Heart of Life calls itself a Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Formation. Pastoral formation is about preparing people for their pastoral ministry. But what is spiritual formation?  Something to do with preparing people inwardly, preparing one’s heart and soul, one’s...