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When the soul lives in God…

January 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

There is a time when the soul lives in God and a time when God lives in the soul. What is appropriate to one of these times is not fitting to the other. When God lives in the soul, it should surrender itself completely to His providence. When the soul lives in God, it must take trouble to obtain for itself regularly and carefully, every possible means to achieve union with Him. The whole procedure is marked out – the readings,... Read More

Inside the Passion – Book Recommendation

January 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Resources, Seasonal Meditations

This beautiful four week study guide will help take you deeper into the passion during Lent. It has four units of study, 1) Faith, 2) Hope, 3) Love, and 4) forgiveness. Place your order soon in order to get your books in time for Lent. When you purchase Catholic materials through this site you become part of our ministry to those seeking to move deeper into their faith Here's the only way to get the guide: If you purchase Inside... Read More

Spiritual Direction: More Involved Form of Confession?

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Dear Father John, what is the difference between confession and spiritual direction? Confession and spiritual direction are like partially overlapping circles: they share some common characteristics, but their centers, their essences, are distinct. The Distinction of Confession The essence of confession is the sacramental grace that Christ gives to our soul through the ministry of his priest. When we open our hearts to him through... Read More

The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer

January 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, The Better Part

The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer by Father John Bartunek, LC, ThD No one who is learning or desires to learn to pray more deeply and meditate more effectively on the person and work of Christ should go without this book. It offers a basic but at the same time sufficiently comprehensive overview of how to meditate in the Christian tradition (no New Age or Hindu/Buddhist influences here.) Beyond the... Read More

The Joy of Full Surrender – Abandonment to Divine Providence

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Detachment, Resources

Abandonment to Divine Providence By Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade Abandonment to Divine Providence (also known in another translation as the Joy of Full Surrender)  has been a life-changing book for me. Aside from scripture, it is the only book that I have read through multiple times (at least three cover to cover). The great power of the book comes through Lectio Divina or meditation on the content versus reading at a purely... Read More

Evils of the Tongue

January 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Sin, Theophilus

Why do such vile and useless words pour so easily from my mouth? The infinite beauty of Your works among man and Your creation and redemption should fill me in such a way as to drive me to speak of them always. Why would I think and speak about so much of what is broken when so much has been healed, restored, and made beautiful by You? Why would I spend time talking about the ills of others, of the Church, and of the world when... Read More

A letter of Love from your Father…

January 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations

My Child, you may not know me well…       But I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were... Read More

Must know you’re committing a sin in order to actually sin?

January 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Guilt, Sin

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Dear Father John, Do you have to know you are committing a sin in order to actually commit one? You would think this simple question has a simple answer. But it doesn’t. We have to get a little theological here to unravel it, but I’ll try to be brief anyhow. First of all, we have to remember what sin is. Sin is rebellion against God. It is saying to God, “I don’t want to do what you want me to do.” (For more on the nature... Read More

Why meditate on horrible things as hell & last judgment?

January 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Hell & Purgatory, Meditations

Dear Dan, why would the Church recommend that we meditate on such horrible things as hell and the last judgment (aren’t there four things.)? Anyway, if there is a benefit to doing such a thing, what would that look like? “The Last Things”, or “Eschatology” is the subject that deals with the ultimate truths of our existence. Often called “The Four Last Things,” the number can vary. They are death, judgment, heaven,... Read More

Can I be My Own Spiritual Director? I can’t find one: what now?

Dear Father John, I haven’t been able to find a spiritual director yet (which is kind of frustrating). I am still looking, but what should I do in the meantime? Can someone be their own spiritual director? This is a deeper question than you might think. First, continue to ask God to put you in touch with someone who can be your spiritual director. (If you haven’t read the post about how to find a spiritual director, you may... Read More

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