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Pastoral counselling

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What is pastoral counselling?

Pastoral counselling or ministry respects the uniqueness of each individual life and the dignity of each person. Our respect is for everyone irrespective of where they come from, their age, gender, colour of skin, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental health.

This dignity can never be denied anyone whatever happens to them in their personal lives through age, physical or mental illness or decline, adversity or any other problems.

Pastoral counselling or accompaniment is an answer to this uniqueness of every single person and reflects God´s constant loving care for him or her.

Also on offer

  • Spiritual accompaniment
  • Retreat in everyday life “At home with Jesus”  (This course, offering the Ignatian “19th Annotation” retreat, starts mid-September and continues until May/June of the following year)

Biblical basis

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, ‘Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John’— although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

(John 4, 1 -  15)

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