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“What distinguishes this listening profession from many other listening practices is its explicit acknowledgment of God. [Spiritual directors] are servants of the holy, listeners with the job of being attentive to God, with and for the sake of another. Both director and directee listen for the One who promises, ‘Call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you’” (Jer. 29:12) (p. 8).


“When someone comes to me for spiritual direction, I light a candle and say, 'We light the candle as a reminder that God is here with us'.…The directee and I wait before a divine director who spoke light into being, came to earth as the Light of the world, and continues to enlighten our lives. Candlelight draws our attention to God” (pp. xi-xii).