Life involves movement and growth. As life brings up new situations and new relationships, we have
the facility to see and respond in new ways. There is a movement within ourselves that leads us onwards, as well as external stimuli that invite further
growth. Life involves ‘becoming’ as well as ‘being’; change as well as stability; the new as well as the
old. Life is not mere repetition and to live is to change. Just as we grow physically, we are meant to
grow in many other ways as well: intellectually, emotionally and in inner freedom. Growth in these
areas is more challenging than physical growth, since it does not occur automatically. It opens up
the deeper areas of life, where change has implications for the quality of our relationships.
Excerpted from See God Act: The Ministry of Spiritual Direction by Michael Drennan SJ