• Author: Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.
  • Paperback: 301 pages ($11 to $13)
  • Publisher: Servant Publications (January 1994)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892838103

This is my third book from Fr. Dubay. I have learned so much from each of them. More importantly, I have grown spiritually from his advice, and my prayer life has improved considerably as well. There are a few reasons for this: His advice conforms to official, established Church doctrine. His books organize and make understandable the official teaching of the Catholic Church. The pages of his books are filled with references to the Bible.

About some specifics of this book. First, this book is not for beginners in prayer, If you need help in beginning prayer please see my review of Fr. Dubay’s book “Prayer Primer”. This book is for people that are serious about their prayer life. It is for people that want to leave a mediocre prayer and spiritual life and grow into an indescribable life of holiness and prayer. I use the word indescribable because I need to quote St. Paul “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

What is spiritual direction? “it is the guiding of a person into a life truly under the dominion of the Holy Spirit, who is the primary director.” (page 32). What is the purpose of spiritual direction? “Yes, spiritual direction should aim at making saints, nothing less.” (page 13)

Page 25 has more important words of wisdom:

Am I significantly better right now that I was a year ago? Have I made any concerted effort to improve, to get rid of my faults?

Our reluctance to change is the reason why some people, even with competent guidance, improve so little.

The book is divided into three parts: “Part One: A foundation for spiritual direction” contains five small chapters that explain this concept and provide a general overview. “Part two: Practical Questions and problems” uses a question and answer format to organize into five longer chapters the most frequently asked and important topics about what makes a good spiritual director and how someone being directed makes progress. There is even a chapter that deals with the issue of self direction. Part three of the book “Making Progress”, contains two chapters, which nicely round out and complete the book.

I recommend three of Fr. Dubay’s books to be read in the following order: 1) Prayer Primer, 2) Deep Conversion / Deep Prayer and then finally Seeking Spiritual Direction. In reading Fr. Dubays books, I clearly and strongly get the message that to truly follow Jesus and be his disciple, we must rise up out of a spiritual mediocrity and these three books provide the help to do just that.

Note:  Father Thomas Dubay,  S. M.  passed away on September 26, 2010 at the age of 88.

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