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Spiritual guidance  is the assistance or positive help a person receives from another who is especially qualified, because of his/her education, experience and personal santity, to discern God's will and practice the christian virtues. This direction has as a criterior the revealed truth by God to the Catholic Church. The guidance process intends to apply this truth to personal life taking always into account  the Holy Spirit's assistance, who is the souls' main director. 

Spiritual guidance must start from a voluntary search from who compromised to progress with God. The Church, because of its long experience, recognizes the  need for spiritual guidace since, as a consequence of sin , human beings get confused easily, dragged  by their passions, and try to justify their errors with ease. The spiritual guide helps people  to be objective, separating them from attachments that make their souls blind,  so they can see the truth although  they do not like it.

 

Both the guide and the guided must promise to:

1. feed their souls with their frequent participation in the sacraments.
2. look for the Holy Spirit's guide actively by means of  the prayer.
3. guide themselves by the divine revelation relied on the Catholic Church's teaching.
4. look for the truth  at any cost.
5. give up their own interests as well as the world criteria about what is acceptable (the wide path t takes people to destruction).

Spiritual guidance does not replace personal the search for the truth but supports it by means of wisdom and knowledge to make decisions with greater foundations. Who receives spiritual guidance is responsible of taking advantage of the advice and includes it in his/her own prayer,  listening to God's voice in his/her conscience. This process will train him/her to drive himself/herself in the safest way according to God's will.

God blesses humility from who is looking for guidance, making him/her progress faster.

Priest Jordi Rivero
Taken from www.corazones.org