Seeking Wisdom: Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

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Discover a radical new way to enhance your life’s spiritual direction.

Inspired by St. Alphonsus de Liguori (1696–1787), patron saint of confessors and moral theologians, this series addresses the relationship between spiritual direction and the moral life.

In 22 15-minute lectures, Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., seeks to infuse one particular aspect of Alphonsus’ thought—his approach to mental prayer—into the practice of spiritual direction today. Mental prayer is a new and valuable tool that you can use to become your truest self through your faith. And, in the spirit of Alphonsus, it is simple, practical, and easy to implement.

The series has four, easily digestible parts—bookended by an introduction and conclusion.

  1. Part One, “Moorings in Spiritual Direction,” glosses the features of the direction process itself.

  2. Part Two, “An Alphonsian Approach to Spiritual Direction,” demon­strates how you can adapt Alphonsus’ approach to mental prayer to the dynamics of spiritual direction.

  3. Part Three, “Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life,” shows you how the virtuous life and the gifts of the Spirit lie at the heart of the direction process.

  4. Part Four, “Dialoguing With Other Traditions,” devotes five lectures to examining how you can adapt the Alphonsian model of spiritual direction to other religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions.

Taken together, the four parts put you in touch with your deepest thoughts and feelings about the ultimate realities of life, bringing them to the surface of your awareness and helping you do something about them.

Let your new learning lead you closer to living out the moral life.

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Part One—Moorings in Spiritual Direction

  1. The Moorings of Spiritual Direction   

  2. The Relationships of Spiritual Direction

  3. Integrating Spirituality and Morality

  4. Listening

  1. Prayer

Part Two—An Alphonsian Approach to Spiritual Direction

  1. An Alphonsian Approach to Spiritual Direction

  2. Interpreting St. Alphonsus Today

  3. An Alphonsian Model of Spiritual Direction

  4. The Qualities of an Alphonsian Director

  1. A Session of Alphonsian Spiritual Direction

Part Three—Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

  1. Spiritual Direction and the Moral Life

  2. The Spiritual Journey

  3. The Way of Virtue

  1. The Gifts of the Spirit

  2. Attending to the Virtues and Gifts in Spiritual Direction

Part Four—Dialoguing With Other Traditions

  1. Dialoguing with Other Traditions

  2. Natural Law and Interspirituality

  3. Embracing One’s Tradition

  4. Suggested Template

  5. Living in the Gap


About Your Presenter

Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., D.Theol., S.T.D., D.Min., holds an A.B. in English Literature from Dartmouth College, and M.R.E. and M.Div. degrees from Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary. After his seminary training, he went on to earn a Doctor of Theology in Church History from Harvard University Divinity School, a Doctor of Sacred Theology in Spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, a D.Min. in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation, an M.A. in Medieval History from the University of Toronto, and an M.M.R.Sc. in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. From 1988–2008, Fr. Billy was Professor of the History of Moral Theology and Christian Spirituality at the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. From 2008–2016, he was scholar-in-residence, professor, and holder of the John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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“Fr. Dennis Billy is an inspiring writer who communicates the Good News in a way that touches the heart. Over the years, he has consistently shown a capacity to make important classical Christian writings accessible to a wider audience. If you want to ...

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