Spiritual father

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A religious teacher or guide, esp. one instrumental in leading a soul to God.
(R. C. Ch.) A priest who hears confession in the sacrament of penance.

See also: Father, Father

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And the Church ought to represent the feeling of the community, so that every parish should be a family knit together by Christian brotherhood under a spiritual father.
The numbers who hastened to execute this duty, considering that an interesting division of spoil was about to take place, showed how much the troop had at heart the safety of their spiritual father.
These were searched and sought out through the whole nation, by the prince and his wisest counsellors, among such of the priesthood as were most deservedly distinguished by the sanctity of their lives, and the depth of their erudition; who were indeed the spiritual fathers of the clergy and the people.
The kind uncles and aunts of the race are more esteemed than its true spiritual fathers and mothers.
The fans were also entertained by motorbike stunts from Rami Sold as well as the annual show by the world's great Lebanese drifter, and the spiritual father of drifting in the Middle East, Abdo Faghaly.
The school's principal Rose Koech led the candidates in paying tributes to the Bishop whom they described as a spiritual father who played a role in their success.
Mohammad Iqbal (1877-1938), National philosopher, poet and spiritual father of Pakistan lived here in 1907.
You can say that the spiritual father of Group 73 Historians is Air Marshal General Mohamed Okasha who, after reading my novel Battalion 77, hooked me up with other veteran fighters.
And yet, the few who strengthen their will and crave for the complete transfiguration of their mind and heart so that they may become a pure abode for the Holy Spirit in their souls, may engage themselves in practicing penitence by decrying sins and confessing them to their spiritual father (sent by God and mediating the gift of divine grace and forgiveness), by avoiding temptations or trespasses, by fervent prayers for being forgiven and by cultivating virtues contrary to the sins committed, as the remedy for evil deeds is virtuous deeds, and, eventually, God will again befriend them.
As her spiritual Father, he fostered Mother Teresa's vocation.
Our spiritual father guides us on our enlightening journey to peace and happiness.
The paper wrote that Abu Hesham, also known as spiritual father of prisoners of Israeli jails, died on May 15, 2002 near the town of Kafar Manda from internal bleeding he suffered from an accident made up by Israel.