I'm going to let the original thread slip back to its place here (and I'll include it in the sidebar on the left for your convenience) and we'll continue the discussion here with this warning as a start:
A couple of points for what they're worth:
1. Whatever it's called -- spiritual direction, guidance or counseling by consecrated women -- it's not under the Confessional seal, which is BTW two-way. So the consecrated are quite at liberty to tell LCs anything and everything about their charges, and they do, and they surely tell their fellow consecrated and others in the Movement also. It's all fodder for profiling a family to orchestrate their approach to them to get more, always more, time, talent and treasure from them.
2. The direction/guidance/counsel offered is consistent with LC/RC MO because it's meant to advance LC/RC, *not* care for souls. An anecdote: my two eldest daughters got tangled up in Challenge. My eldest daughter had as a "spiritual director" a consecrated woman. This spiritual director advised my eldest daughter once that her obedience to the Kingdom demanded that she disobey her parents if their expectations of her diverged from the consecrated's counsel (indeed they did). In an instant, I pulled that plug -- I'm glad my daughter told me; now, she is, too -- no more Challenge.
The more my daughter told the consecrated -- and I have little idea what she told her -- the more the dynamic of RC approach to us as a family, individually, shifted. But the trajectory was clear: get my son to the New Hampshire proto-seminary, gouge money and time commitment from the parents, escalate my daughters' involvement in Challenge and beyond. The simplest answer by a kid or a parent to such pressure is this: "that's a volunteer effort and I'm not volunteering anything." But the smarmy arm-twisting weakens most and they succumb.
I have heard countless alarming stories over the years, similar to this and in different contexts, which make it absolutely certain that the primary point of SD is not spiritual formation but manipulation for Legion ends. Parents must know this.
The direction is not entirely confidential, and details have been known to spread immediately to priests and even the wider section. The conversations with potential recruits (esp. children) is done as an end-run around parents if the parents have either 1. indicated through their own sd that they don't want to let the kids join the group; or 2. not joined the group themselves or are not Catholic. This is frightful.
Even more, when parents pull their kids from programs or even bring them home from Apostolic Schools/pre-candidacy programs, the group finds ways to stay in touch -- either on private cells, facebook, or through intermediaries. If the child came home unwillingly, please know that s/he will find ways to connect and mentally stay integrated behind the parents' backs. This is insidious -- for the bottom line transmitted is to not trust parents or non-LC priests.
Please take this into consideration as you choose your summer camps, assess the seemingly harmless apostolates and most importantly schools for next fall. The Legion is crumbling, but in six months only the die-hards will remain (if the group is still up and running). We pray for MM's grip to be purged eventually, but until they have proven to let the methodology go, you must be aware of how toxic and confusing these SD sessions are for kids -- and they are an integral part of their formation.