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ENRICHING OUR LISTENING: Theology in Spiritual Direction

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ENRICHING OUR LISTENING: Theology in Spiritual Direction

Sr Gemma Simmonds

Many people shy away from the notion of the theology embedded within Spiritual Direction, seeing it as a dry and sterile attempt to turn this most practical of skills into an intellectual abstraction. While Ignatius warns that it is not so much knowledge as inner feeling and relish that satisfies the soul, a look at the theological underpinnings of the art of direction helps to open it out more richly for guides as well as for pilgrims.

Gemma Simmonds is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. She is a senior lecturer in pastoral theology based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge where she is director of the Religious Life Institute. She lectured in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London from 2005 until its closure in 2018, specialising in Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian tradition.

Her most recent book, The Way of Ignatius, was published by SPCK for Lent 2019.




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