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Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena

July 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Novenas, Prayer, Prayers of Saints

Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena   History 800 years ago Christians were being captured and sold into slavery by the thousands, and nobody knew what to do about it. Then, in the year 1198, a man had an idea. St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising... Read More

Does the Holy Spirit Work with Those Outside of the Church?

July 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Spirit

Dear Father John, I thought I understood, more or less, how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. But in a recent faith sharing group, a question came up that made me wonder. Someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would not be with un-baptized persons if they ask Holy Spirit to dwell in them or to give them fortitude in a difficult situation. This came up while we were discussing how God's grace can touch the lives of those who... Read More

Understanding and overcoming scrupulosity – Part II of II

July 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Scrupulosity

Editor's Note: In part I, we looked at how sin matters and factors of personality, temptation and turmoil that play a part in scrupulosity. Dear Father John, I seem to be struggling with scrupulosity. However, when I read St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, they exhort that any small sin or attachment can keep us from union with God. How do I know if I am scrupulous or just sensitive to sin? How do I avoid taking sin... Read More

Abandonment XVI – The Hidden Work of Divine Love

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

What great truths are hidden from the eyes even of Christians who think themselves most enlightened! How few among them understand that every cross, every circumstance, every leading of the will of God gives us God Himself in a way that can best be explained by comparing them with the most august Mystery of all, the Holy Eucharist. Yet what is more certain? Does not reason as well as faith reveal to us the presence of divine love... Read More

The Ten Commandments of Scrupulosity

July 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Scrupulosity, Sin

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SCRUPULOSITY Important Note: If you do not specifically struggle with scrupulosity, this advice is not likely to apply to you. If you have any questions about the advice or overcoming the struggle of scrupulosity, it is very important that you meet with your spiritual director for guidance. You shall not repeat a sin in confession when it has been confessed in a previous confession, even when there is a doubt... Read More

Understanding and overcoming scrupulosity – Part I of II

July 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Scrupulosity, Sin

Dear Father John, I seem to be struggling with scrupulosity.  However, when I read St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, they exhort that any small sin or attachment can keep us from union with God.  How do I know if I am scrupulous or just sensitive to sin?  How do I avoid taking sin too lightly?  If I am scrupulous, how do I overcome it? First thing: if you are sincerely concerned about not taking sin too lightly,... Read More

Isolation & Loneliness, Above All In Spiritual Life: How To Deal?

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa, I am committed to developing my prayer life and life of virtue but I am feeling isolated, lonely, and I am struggling. What should I do? A great evil it is for a soul to be alone in the midst of so many dangers. It seems to me that if I should have had someone to talk with (through my spiritual struggles) it would have helped me… For this reason, I would counsel those who practice prayer to seek, at least at the... Read More

Violent content of psalms: How to deal with this?

July 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Vocal

Struggling with Violent Content of Psalms Dear Father John, Lately I have started praying the Psalms, even using some of the Liturgy of the Hours. Every once in awhile, I run across sections that throw me for a loop. I mean, there are phrases like “Destroy them in your anger, destroy them till they are no more” (Psalm 59:13) and “Repay them as their deeds deserve, as befits their treacherous actions; as befits their handiwork... Read More

What are the key characteristics of good spiritual direction?

July 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, What are the key characteristics of good spiritual direction? There are three ways to answer this question, depending on the point of view. From the point of view of the person receiving it, spiritual direction is an extremely useful (many would say essential) help for growing in holiness, which is the same thing as growing in one’s communion with God, which is the same thing as growing in authentic wisdom and... Read More

Abandonment XV – Christian Disregard of God’s Action

July 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

What infidelity there is in the world! How unworthy are men's thoughts of God! We constantly complain of His action in a way we would not use towards the lowest of workmen about his trade. We would reduce God's action to the limits and rules of our feeble reason. We presume to imagine that we can improve on His acts. These are nothing but complaints and murmurings. We are surprised at the treatment endured by Jesus at the hands... Read More

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