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Addressing members of the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum 75 years after its foundation by the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Pope Benedict XVI recommends the practice of spiritual direction to every Christian.


Vatican Radio reported, "Meeting them in the Vatican, the Pope praised the academic community saying it is strengthened by the wealth of a great spiritual family, namely St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, who were witnesses of contemplative life and inflamed Europe and the world."

Reporting the full text of Pope Bendict's address, ZENIT posted:

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Cheryl Wittenauer, reporting for the National Catholic Reporter writes "New form of religious life offers laity a Benedictine pathway" Wittenauer explains:

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa., have launched what they describe as a lay monastic movement for seekers of God and a meaningful life, calling it “our gift to the next generation.”

“Monasteries of the Heart: A New Movement for a New World” offers an opportunity for anyone--regardless, or even in the absence, of faith tradition -- to live Benedictine spirituality and values with online communities or in face-to-face groups of family, friends, neighbors or fellow churchgoers, they said.

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Now accepting 2012 workshop proposals
Act by May 30, 2011

Are you passionate about spiritual guidance and cultivating compassion? Consider sharing your insight, talent, and area of excellence with the global, multifaith learning community of Spiritual Directors International.

Please discern if you want to propose a ninety minute or three hour workshop for the 2012 Spiritual Directors International educational events. All proposals must be received by May 30, 2011. Full details and process are online.

April 19 - 23, 2012
Theme: Cultivating Compassion
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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May 2011 SDI Connections is online. Printable. Clickable. Green. Photographs, full color, and member reflections connect the global learning community of Spiritual Directors International.

altA few highlights in the May 2011 issue:

In addition to more than fifty YouTube videos in the "SDI Learns From..." series about spiritual direction, Spiritual Directors International created a section for videos that will inspire and teach us about Cultivating Compassion in our lives and communities.


Cultivating Compassion videos

Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday Compassion at Google, November 2010

Rev. James Forbes, Compassion at the dinner table, October 2009

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion, October 2009

Swami Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion, October 2009

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion, October 2009

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We’re excited to show you a sneak peek of an in-progress new design for the Spiritual Directors International website.

Would you be willing to answer one question about the new design?


altThe new design of the homepage offers a visual idea of where we think the website is heading—showing you primary content headers. (Note: specific text in paragraphs is not included.)

Many people responded to our initial survey when we began the new website design process. We've incorporated your thoughts, and hope you'll give us an opinion as we move to the next step of launching a completely fresh website. Same content--easier to find, share, and interact with. Plus more resources in development!

altWhen we travel to a conference or educational event, we invest our time, energy, and resources into the experience. We want to enter as fully as possible into new learning, insights, connections, and engagement with our deepest self and those who gather in an international learning community. We want to grow in gratefulness for the people and places we encounter. The reality is, when we attend something, we really tend our life.
We will each do this in our own way—as introverts, extroverts, with our age, abilities, current life responsibilities, commitments, and dreams. When we show up and tend to the present time, we cultivate gratefulness.


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To celebrate the changing of the seasons, and the hope that this life-giving cycle symbolizes, SDI is offering a unique Equinox Special!

Invite a non-member friend, colleague, or spiritual directee to join you at Spiritual Directors International "Cultivating Compassion" conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for USD$300 – that is more than a 50% discount!

This special offer includes a one year membership in Spiritual Directors International as well as the conference tuition and registration fee.

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Marilyn Nash


We are pilgrims on a journey, a search for meaning. There is a saying that the most difficult steps of any journey are the ones from the threshold to the station. It can be difficult to leave where we are. Yet, on a rainy Saturday morning when it would have been comfortable to stay home, over a thousand fellow pilgrims traveled to Seattle University in Washington, USA, for the School of Theology and Ministry’s third annual book festival, "A Search for Meaning."


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Liz Budd Ellmann, MDiv


Hopeful Imagination reflective centerpiece

In a workshop about the Hopeful Imagination, Mary Rose Bumpus, RSM, invited sixty-five spiritual directors to imagine a place where God meets us. Diverse answers included:

“in Benaroya Hall during a concert”
“when I receive a host during communion”
“in the shower”
“in the prison where I listen to people”

Together we explored ways our imaginations are a vehicle of hope in our journey toward and relationship with God or Ultimate Reality.


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