Activities »Spiritual Accompaniment
This is one of the activities that many participants really appreciate. It may take many forms: conversation, direction, counselling and even therapy. Participants are strongly encouraged to have a spiritual companion. There are several qualified persons who journey with the participants, sharing the experiences of God in their lives.
The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5). The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life.
Today more than ever we need men and women who, on the basis of their experience of accompanying others, are familiar with processes which call for prudence, understanding, patience and docility to the Spirit, so that they can protect the sheep from wolves who would scatter the flock. We need to practice the art of listening, which is more than simply hearing. Listening, in communication, is an openness of heart which makes possible that closeness without which genuine spiritual encounter cannot occur [Pope Francis]
Since the EAPI programs aim at integral formation for personal transformation, spiritual accompaniment is considered a necessary component of the program. Hence all participants meet with the Spiritual Director/Counselor of their choice once in two weeks for Spiritual Accompaniment
A group of qualified and experienced Spiritual Directors/Counselors will be introduced to the participants at the beginning of the Course for them to choose from.