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Voices

Direction

Russell Shaw

Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group, composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not really. Direction is for serious Christians generally, whether cleric, religious or lay. But since that is seldom said these days, it needs explaining.

Here goes.

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