ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
Quote for Today - December 14, 2013 - Feast of St. John of the Cross
"Spiritual directors are not the chief workers, but rather the Holy Spirit. They are mere instruments. They only guide souls by the rule of faith and the law of God according to the spirit which God gives to each. Their object, therefore, should be not to guide souls by a way of their own, suitable to themselves; but to discern, if they can, the way which God is guiding the other."
St. John of the Cross: The Ascent of Mount Carmel (16 Century).
That's the job of a spiritual director. In other words, stay out of the way. It's like Gamaliel's advice in The Acts of the Apostles 5: 34 - 39. Don't get in the way of God.
Now here's the job of those persons who want to get out of themselves and be with and into God. This comment is also from St. John of the Cross:
"Ecstasy is nothing but the going forth of a soul from itself. It's being caught up in God. It's what happens to the soul that is obedient, namely, that it goes forth from itself and from its own desires and thus enlightened, becomes immersed in God."
[Spiritual Sentences and Maxims of St. John of the Cross - 16th Century.]
Pope John Paul II and many other folks have written and talked about John of the Cross - so start exploring his stuff - some of which you can catch on the Internet. Check it out - but talk to others about what it gets you thinking about. Hence the value of spiritual direction in one's life.