Finding Our Way to God offers an approach to spiritual direction using mental prayer that can be used to create healing and peace when conducting guidance sessions with seekers.
Based on the teachings of St. Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of the Redemptorists, Fr. Dennis Billy's approach examines the moral life in the context of spiritual direction. While thoroughly Catholic, St. Alphonsus was so pastoral -- focusing on the poor and marginalized -- that the approach can be easily learned and used by adherents of other religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions.
In Finding Our Way to God, Fr. Dennis Billy:
Teaches active listening, which is essential for spiritual directors.
Emphasizes the continuity between a person's spirituality and morality through growth in the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Provides an understanding of how the model of spiritual direction can be adapted to meet the needs of a wide variety of people.
Helps the reader use Alphonsian spirituality as a backdrop for conducting spiritual direction.
Fr. Dennis J. Billy, CSsR, is an American Redemptorist of the Baltimore Province with advanced degrees from Harvard University, The Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), and The Graduate Theological Foundation. He taught for more than twenty years at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome's Pontifical Lateran University. He is currently the Karl Rahner Professor of Catholic Theology at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He has authored numerous books and articles on various religious topics.