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What is a “program of life” and why is it important to my spiritual progress?

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Dear Father John, what is a “Program of Life” and why is it important to my spiritual progress and Spiritual Direction? One of the enemies of good spiritual direction is excessive subjectivity. We all have urgent personal issues that come and go; they occupy our attention and energy intensely for brief periods, but they really don’t touch the deeper regions of our character and personality. When a child is sick, it... Read More

How do I find and select a spiritual director?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, what is the best way to find a Spiritual Director? Should it be your pastor? A friend? Or someone whom you do not know when you begin? Finding a spiritual director usually follows four steps: First, you need to remember what spiritual direction is all about. The role of a spiritual director is not to tell you what to do, the way a boss or a military drill sergeant does. Rather, a spiritual director helps you discover... Read More

Abandonment XIV – God’s Word Written on the Heart

June 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever, ” says the Apostle (Hebrews 13:8). From the beginning of the world He was, as God, the source of the life of righteous souls. From the first moment of His incarnation, His humanity shared this prerogative of His divinity. He is working within us throughout our whole lives. The time that will elapse till the end of the world is but as a day, and this day abounds... Read More

Finding a spiritual director – watch out for confused sheep…

Foundational to any sound spiritual direction is the idea that there actually is a tangible direction to discover.  That is, the practice presumes that spiritual truth is an expression of objective reality – just as objective and real as a map of your own hometown.  For instance, if you asked someone to give you directions to the Cathedral and you ended up at the town dump, you would clearly know that something was amiss.... Read More

Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer – Book Recommendation

June 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Prayer

Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer By Father Thomas Dubay, S.M., retreat master and spiritual director. “As in his other popular writings, Father Thomas Dubay's style is profound and meditative yet clear and readable. He gives an overview of the spiritual life for anyone seeking to grow in the love of God and neighbor. An expert on the teachings and writings of the two great mystical doctors of prayer and the spiritual life, Teresa... Read More

Abandonment XIII – God Revealed in Ordinary Circumstances

June 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The written word of God is full of mystery. His word expressed in the events of the world is not less so. These are two sealed books, and of both it can be said, “the letter killeth.” God is the center of faith. All that emanates from this center is hidden in the deepest mystery. This word and these events are, so to speak, feeble rays from a sun obscured by clouds. It is vain to expect to see with our mortal eyes the... Read More

Abandonment XII – Finding the Will of God

June 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

If we are able to greet each passing moment as the manifestation of the will of God, we will find in it all our heart can desire. What could there be more reasonable, more perfect, more divine than the will of God? Could any change of time or place or circumstance alter or increase its infinite value? If you possess the secret of discovering it at every moment and in everything, then you possess all that is most precious and worthy... Read More

20. Imaging God’s Goodness (Matthew 7:7-14)

June 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

“Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek, because I can neither seek you if you do not teach me how, nor find you unless you reveal yourself.” – St. Anselm Matthew 7:7-14: “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the... Read More

How do I find and select a spiritual director?

Dear Father John, What is the best way to find a Spiritual Director? Should it be your pastor? A friend? Or someone whom you do not know when you begin? Finding a spiritual director usually follows four steps: First, you need to remember what spiritual direction is all about. The role of a spiritual director is not to tell you what to do, the way a boss or a military drill sergeant does. Rather, a spiritual director helps you... Read More

Centering Prayer (i.e. Keating, Menninger, Herington)

June 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Centering Prayer, Church Documents, Dan Burke, Prayer

Though this blog is primarily dedicated to positive teachings the spiritual life, from time to time there are issues that must be addressed that are not so positive. For in your in-depth review, we have provided links to several articles that address the challenges with “Centering” prayer. Though many attest that they have benefited from centering prayer (and have not necessarily sinned in so doing); those who were... Read More

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