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How can I maintain the presence of God through the work day?

August 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Practicing Presence, Prayer

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Dear Father John, What tips would you offer to a person seeking to maintain the presence of God throughout the work day? First, take a look at the treatment we gave this issue in the post on “Prayer – Practicing his Presence.” But since the observations we made there apply to every vocation and life-stage (parent, student, professional, home-maker…), addressing the work place specifically could be worthwhile. I would... Read More

God’s Desire for You

August 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer

for post are you on the path to holiness?

God's Desire for You For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me. That he wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a relationship with any human, let alone one as broken as me. The breakthrough... Read More

Prayer Commonly Attributed to St Francis of Assisi

August 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayers of Saints

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer of St Francis of Assisi * Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as... Read More

How can I Teach My Children to Pray?

August 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Prayer, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Dear Father John, I have prayed for days and months for my son, who, thanks be to God, has finally begun rehabilitation from his drug addiction. I feel that many of my prayers have been answered, but I now feel a burden on my heart to teach him to pray. How can I do that? Thank you for sharing this brief testimony, which reminds all of us that we live in a fallen world, but that God’s grace is active and powerful in redeeming... Read More

A Convert Struggling with Praying to Mary (III/IV)

August 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer

Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? We have already looked briefly at the source of Mary’s greatness and the power of her presence. Now we are ready... Read More

Abandonment XVIII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness

August 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, God's Will

Abandonment XVII – The Ever-Flowing Spring of Holiness O all you who thirst, learn that you have not far to go to find the spring of living waters! It springs forth quite close to you in the present moment. Therefore hasten to approach it. Why, with the spring so near, do you tire yourselves running after shallow brooks which only tease your thirst? They measure stingily the water they give us, while only the spring itself... Read More

A Convert Struggling with Praying to Mary (IV/IV)

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer

Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? She has the role of helping you cling more closely to her Son, Jesus Christ – that’s what first examined, the theological... Read More

Abandonment XVII – Especially for Us

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

We can only be truly instructed by the words which God speaks to us personally. No one grows in knowledge of God either by reading books or by curious historical research. These means give us but a vain and empty knowledge, which serves only to confuse us and inflate us with pride. That which truly instructs us in what comes to us by the will of God from moment to moment. This is the knowledge gained through experience, which Christ... Read More

Which should I fear more, the devil, or my own venial sins?

August 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Saints and Blesseds, Sin, Teresa of Avila

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

Fear the Devil or My Own Venial Sins? Dear Saint Teresa, which should I fear more, the devil, or my own venial sins? The Devil If this Lord is powerful, as I see that He is and I know that He is, and if the devils are His slaves (and there is no doubt about this because it's a matter of faith), what evil can they do to me since I am a servant of this Lord and King? Why shouldn't I have the fortitude to engage in combat with all... Read More

A Convert Struggling Praying to Mary (II/IV)

August 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Saints

Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? God in his wisdom has given us a mother in the order of grace, Mary. He didn’t have to do it that way, but he chose... Read More

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