INTENTION: An act of the will tending effectively to some good, proposed by the mind as desirable and attainable. It differs from simply willing, which is the desire for an end without concern about the means. Intention means desiring not only some good but also the means of obtaining this good.
In practical use, before some good or spiritual act we can offer up that act with an intention. For instance, this morning before I prayed the Liturgy of the Hours, I offered it up for those who support this site.
This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here.