The Friend Of The Bridegroom

The Friend Of The Bridegroom

by Thomas H Green
     
 

Focusing on the directee's spiritual needs, this book inspires as well as informs. The Friend of the Bridegroom is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God-the beginner on the spiritual journey and the seasoned spiritual director alike.See more details below

Overview

Focusing on the directee's spiritual needs, this book inspires as well as informs. The Friend of the Bridegroom is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with God-the beginner on the spiritual journey and the seasoned spiritual director alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877939382
Publisher:
Ave Maria Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
132
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
1.The Contemporary Context of Spiritual Direction11
"Novitiate" vs. "Noviceship"13
Noviceship as Challenging, Even Threatening15
The Kind of Person Required for Noviceship16
The Kind of Person Produced by Noviceship18
The Means to Achieve a Noviceship Formation21
Conclusion27
Question for Reflection and Sharing29
2.The Role of the Spiritual Director31
Defining Spiritual Direction33
What Spiritual Direction Is Not35
Similar but Distinct: Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling37
What Spiritual Direction Is40
Two Essential Qualities of Spiritual Direction44
Conclusion: St. John the Baptist Before and After48
Question for Reflection and Sharing49
3.Choosing a Spiritual Director51
A First Criterion: Compatibility55
A Second Criterion: Shared Vision56
A Balancing Third Criterion: Objectivity59
A Fourth Criterion: A Good Listener60
A Crucial Fifth Criterion: Confidentiality63
A Sixth Criterion, Ideal but Not Essential: Ahead of Me on the Journey65
Conclusion: How to Begin68
Question for Reflection and Sharing70
4.St. John of the Cross and the Danger of the "Blind Guide"71
The Value and the Danger of Spiritual Direction74
Two Moments When Spiritual Direction Is Most Valuable77
The Three Blind Guides of the Pray-er80
The Worst Blind Guide: The Spiritual Director83
The Portrait of the Good Guide87
Conclusion89
Question for Reflection and Sharing90
5.The True Friend of the Bridegroom91
John the Baptist: Messiah or Elijah?93
John's Understanding of His Own Identity and Mission95
John of the Cross and John the Baptist as Kindred Spirits98
John the Baptist's Dark Night101
The Bridegroom's Friend After the Wedding105
Conclusion: Journeying on "Alone"107
Question for Reflection and Sharing111
Epilogue: Receiving More Than I Give113
What We Have Seen113
The Risk and the Reward115
Receiving More Than I Give118
Conclusion120
Notes122

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