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Sufferings of Longing for My God: Teresa of Avila

September 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayers of Saints, Teresa of Avila

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

  Sufferings of Longing for my God   Woe is me, woe is me, Lord, how very long has been this exile! And it passes with great sufferings of longing for my God! Lord, what can a soul placed in this prison do? O Jesus, how long is the life of humans, even though it is said to be short! It is short, my God, for gaining through it a life that cannot end; but it is very long for the soul that desires to come into the presence... Read More

What role does “experience” play in our life of faith? Is it bad?

September 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I have been following your blog since the beginning, and I have noticed a pattern in your answers – a pattern that disturbs me. You seem consistently to counsel people against trusting in their experience of God. You seem to recommend instead a kind of abstract faith. But didn’t Jesus become man precisely in order to give us an experience, so that our faith wouldn’t have to be so abstract and dry? You... Read More

Abandonment XXI – Modeled After the Incarnate Word

September 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

The workings of God within us carry out in the course of time the designs which Eternal Wisdom has formed in regard to everything. In God all things have their own design, and His wisdom alone knows what that is. Though you read the will of God in regard to others, this knowledge cannot direct you in anything. In the Incarnate Word, in God Himself, is the design after which you were meant to be formed and which is the model of... Read More

Benedict XVI Recommends Spiritual Direction

September 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Pope Benedict XVI Recommends Spiritual Direction Pope Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Everyone — priests, religious, laypeople — and especially youth, should have a spiritual director to help them in the Christian life, says Benedict XVI. The Pope affirmed this today when he reflected on Symeon the New Theologian during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father mentioned how... Read More

“Born again”, salvation & friendship with Christ

September 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Salvation

Dear Father John, I am a fairly recent convert to the faith. My conversion took place over a period of 3 years in which I had a series of powerful experiences of God’s presence and action in my life. It wasn’t just coming into the Church for me – it was discovering that Jesus is a real person, someone interested in my life. During my conversion, I understood this turn-around (this discovery of Jesus) as being “born... Read More

Abandonment XX – God’s Will Effects Sanctification

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

It is only because they do not know how to make use of God's action that so many Christians spend their lives anxiously pursuing a multitude of methods of perfection. These might prove useful if ordained by God's will, but they actually become injurious the moment they keep us from simply surrendering ourselves to God's will. These multiplied means cannot give what we find only in the will of God – that principle of all life... Read More

I Want to Pray but Struggle with My Schedule – What do I do?

September 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, I am a busy executive and struggle to make time for prayer. What should I do? I do want to improve my prayer life but I just struggle with time. The desire to improve your prayer life is a sign of God’s presence and action in your soul. Be grateful for it and rest assured that God, “who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion…” (Phil 1:6). In other words, as you make the effort, God will... Read More

Daily Quick-Journal and The Fruits of Meditation

September 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Journaling, Meditation

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There are many ways to understand God's leading in our lives. One way, came as a helpful surprise during spiritual direction. My director asked me, “What is the Holy Spirit leading you to focus on at this time?” As a reflex, I reached over to my daily planner and quickly flipped back through the pages – the pattern was clear. Here's what I discovered – it might work well for you too. Using Father John's... Read More

Reflection on the Narrow Way to Life – St. Teresa of Avila

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

O my Lord, how obvious it is that You are almighty! There’s no need to look for reasons for what You want. For, beyond all natural reason, You make things so possible that You manifest clearly there’s no need for anything more than truly to love You and truly leave all for You, so that You, my Lord, may make everything easy, It fits well here to say that You feign labor in Your law. For I don’t see, Lord, nor do I know how... Read More

“Catholic guilt” bad? What of those using it to criticize the Church?

September 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I know more than a few people who are fallen-away Catholics. They make fun of the Church sometimes, or they make fun of me. But my question has to do with “Catholic guilt.” They mention this sometimes and smirk, like it’s some kind of inside joke on me. I am not sure what they mean by this, but I have a sense that it’s holding them back living their faith. I would like to be able to help them. Can you... Read More

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