Spiritual Mentoring

Posted: March 17, 2016 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

In hopes of going deeper in faith a group of us were encouraged to find spiritual mentors to guide us on our way. I approached a priest but was turned down due to his concern of a conflict of interests with his thoughts on the programme. Then I casually asked someone I looked up to and he agreed. The first time we arranged to meet up, he told me he would call me later that day and he would bring someone who had twenty five years of experience in spiritual counselling to pray together. But the call never came. I was not disappointed in the least.

However what was disappointing to me was that I had spoken with him four to five months earlier when we were at a retreat of sorts to do the Parish Planning; that I was very interested to go for spiritual counselling. He told me that it was not currently available here.

However when it became available in our Parish, I was later told that it was reserved first for those attending a Renewal, and that it may be opened up later for others who were interested. I was disheartened and lost interest especially since there was no news even after the Renewal ended. Also at the Parish Planning he and I suggested a five day retreat for those of us desiring to go deeper into faith. It was planned for and is going to take place later this year. Again I was excited and so marked out the dates in my calendar. The dates however was changed and the latest news is that it will be made available first to those who attended the Renewal before maybe opening it up to the rest.

I took my feelings of disappointment to the Lord in Adoration. Here is what I was led to….

I have more insight than all who teach me for I ponder your Will. I have more understanding than the old for I keep your precepts. Your Word is a lamp for my steps and light for my path. (ps118:99-100,105) Put no trust in Princes, in mortal men, in whom there is no help. It is the Lord who keeps faith forever. (Ps 145:3,7)

I realised that I had put too much hope in what I wanted, and faith in people instead of relying on the guidance of the Lord my God. If He wants me to go for this then He will surely lead me to it or He may be placing something better for me.

Lord Jesus I place my trust in You. Amen

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