A spiritual director serves as a companion in your journey. By listening and helping you to reflect on your experience a director helps you to:
® Find ways of developing a closer relationship with God, who personally cares about your well-being and happiness
® Seek God’s help in finding a safe path through the difficulties of everyday life
® Align your actions with God’s will so that you can be a positive influence in this world.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Herb brings a lifetime of experience as a husband, father, federal government manager, parish leader, and community volunteer. His education and training includes:
® 1964 Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry. The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
® 1990 Masters Degree in Leadership and Strategic studies from the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA
® 1999 Graduate of the Spiritual Direction Institute of Monsignor Chester P. Michael, Charlottesville Virginia
® 1999 Certification as an enneagram trainer by Jerome Wagner of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. The enneagram is an approach to personality typing that provides insights into the ways in which we focus our attention and how that influences our lives.
® 2001 Member Contemplative Outreach and practitioner of Centering Prayer
® 2006 Member, Spiritual Director's International
® 2006 Blue Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do
® Past President and Lt. Governor Elect, Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville
FIVE ELEMENTS OF DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER
Following his teacher, Msgr. Chester P. Michael, Herb will help you in the five basic elements of personal prayer:
1. Praise and Gratitude. Starting the day by getting ourselves in a
right relationship recognizing our reliance on God’s care for us.
2. Discernment. Listening carefully. Asking for grace as “our daily bread” so that we will intuitively recognize what needs to be done each day.
3. Petition. Asking God to “… grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
4. Blessing. Asking God’s blessings on all persons whom we will meet during the day and all given into our care.
5. Reflection; Looking back over the day, giving thanks for successes, acknowledging failures and drawing lessons from both.
® Holiness is wholeness. Wholeness is based on a balanced
development of mind, body and heart. A whole person will be able to
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and
with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6). Herb began the study of
Tae Kwon Do in order to achieve a better balance between mind and body.
® Spirituality should not be restricted to church or prayer time. It should find its expression in our daily lives. Herb will help you to find the inspiration to practice you spirituality in the workplace, finding in it an opportunity to be creative and of service to the community. Similarly, the five elements of daily personal prayer can lead to better practices in the home and society.
REINOLD NIEHBUHR’S COMPLETE SERENITY PRAYER
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can and
The wisdom to know the difference,
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as You did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Please reflect on this prayer today, and then contact me for an appointment.