Janene washes the feet of a classmate symbolizing
her call to serve others in the ministry of spiritual
direction is holy listening, an opportunity to leave the
noise and confusion of daily life behind for an hour or so
every few weeks and listen deeply to God. Janene is blessed
to companion several people of various denominations as they
seek a more intimate relationship with God. She provides an
open, loving, and confidential environment in which to share
your unique faith journey.
prayer, reflective listening and gentle companioning, Janene
helps you recognize God’s presence within and around you.
In doing so you are able to develop a more personal
relationship with God which in turn can bring you into a
deeper level of prayer. Through more reflective prayer you
are better able to discern God’s movement within you and
around you and God’s call to live out your faith in the
context of everyday life. Since God touches all areas of
your life, all aspects are appropriate for discussion in a
spiritual direction relationship.
direction differs from counseling because it is built on
prayer and spiritual intimacy and its focus is on
relationship with God rather than problem solving. As we
come to know God more fully, we come to know ourselves
better as well. Often with attentive listening we begin to
hear the answers that we search for emerge from deep within
The call to
seek spiritual direction is initiated by God. We need only
be attentive to the still, small voice within us to hear
it. The call comes sometimes as a yearning to know God
better or to understand our purpose. Sometimes it focuses
on discerning God’s will for us at certain critical periods
in our life. At times it may be a vague feeling of
emptiness within us, a desire for inner peace or a closer
relationship with God.
If you are
feeling a nudge to explore spiritual direction further please
Janene is trained to companion people in the
Spiritual Exercises, a program of meditations, prayers,
considerations and contemplative practices created by St.
Ignatius of Loyola. Rooted in Scripture, these Exercises
were originally designed to be made over a period of 30
consecutive days while on silent retreat away from home.
More practically they may be made in the course of daily
life during a period of several months while living at
home. The Exercises generally begin in September and end in
approximately May in order to align with the liturgical
year. A commitment of an hour of daily prayer and weekly
meetings with a director are important to realize the full
benefits of the Exercises.
Exercises are divided into 4 sections - God’s unconditional love/our sin, our call to
discipleship, God’s ultimate expression of love, and our
call to love as God does. Through extensive prayer and
meetings with a director one comes to know themselves and
God more fully and become more free. If you’d like more
information about the Spiritual Exercises, please