"No one's spiritual practice is like anyone else's. Life meets each of us where we need to be met, leading us to the doors with our names on them" Barbara Brown Taylor
Welcome! I'm glad your curiosity about spiritual direction has led you here!
I am spiritual director at the Well of Mercy, a retreat center sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in Hamptonville, NC. The Well of Mercy is an oasis for individuals seeking silence, solitude, and time apart from the demands and stresses of daily life. Please visit the website at www.wellofmercy.org and consider booking a retreat!
My role as a spiritual director is to provide a safe and confidential space where you can speak what's in your heart without fear of judgment. It is an opportunity for you to explore your spiritual life. It is a time to "listen" to your life - your true self, your relationships, your faith, your wounds and longings - and to discern God's voice and presence in the midst of it all.
Spiritual direction is about discovering who God is inviting us to become and how we respond to that invitation.
The chambered nautilus shell is a lovely metaphor for our own spiritual growth.
This little sea creature begins its life in the tiny chamber at the center of the shell. As it grows, each chamber becomes too small, forcing the nautilus to build a new, larger chamber for itself. It cannot return to its previous chambers, because they no longer fit, and it cannot remain in its present chamber, or it will die. So as it grows, it has no choice but to move on, creating ever larger spaces for itself, for as long as it lives.
The spiral shape of the shell recalls infinity and suggests that there is no final chamber, therefore growth never ends. The shape of the shell also resembles an ear, representing the essence of spiritual direction, which is to LISTEN!