Since the days of the early Church, Christians have realized that the spiritual journey is not meant to be walked alone. We find our way by walking with others who are guided by the same vision. A person who has a sense of direction and who can assist others in learning how to incorporate spiritual practices into daily life is called a mentor. Spiritual mentors can walk with others on the journey, whether informally or as a sponsor in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or for someone preparing for Confirmation. Just as a carpenter or a chef guides an apprentice into the craft, a spiritual mentor can guide others into the way of life known as Catholicism.
Now, you have access to free online resources that provide everything you need to implement a spiritual mentoring program using my new book Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith. You can use these resources to empower sponsors (for Confirmation or for RCIA) to work with their candidates/catechumens or for catechists to work with one another in spiritual mentoring relationships that focus on Catholic practices. Take a look at the Leader’s Guide and Mentoring Workbook.