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Overwhelming sorrow during Lent: How do I deal with it?

February 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Guilt, Lent, Seasonal Meditations, Suffering

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction: We are but days into Lent, and, after being to our church's Way of the Cross tonight, I'm overwhelmed with the “low” that Lent is already. Are we to embrace the low to make the joy of Easter even greater, or is there still joy to be found in the 40 days of the Lenten journey? If it's intended to be 40 days of all low, how do we prevent ourselves from being overcome with the grief and... Read More

Fr Barron on St John Paul II and Self-Mortification

February 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Mortification, Videos

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Fr Barron Comments on Pope John Paul II and Self-Mortification John Paul II and self-mortification; Sepia of Flagellants, artist unknown, 15th century woodcut, Wikimedia Commons. What is self-mortification?  Is it an ascetical practice?  And, what is the truth about self-mortification, taking the discipline and Pope John Paul II?  What other discipline did Pope John Paul II practice?  Is this bizarre behavior?  Or rather,... Read More

The Lenten War on Self – Are You Prepared for Battle?

February 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Mortification, Seasonal Meditations

Saint Paul would not likely find many friends in some corners of the Church today – nor would Jesus for that matter. Primarily because they use what our culture would consider harsh language when dealing with sin in the Christian life. Paul uses the language of an elite athlete, the language of self-discipline and severe mortification. Jesus uses very graphic and violent imagery when emphasizing the seriousness of sin and... Read More

Spiritual Direction – A Bishop’s Perspective – Part III of III

February 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Perspective, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Bishop's Perspective on Spiritual Direction (Part III of III) Editor's Note: In Part I, Bishop Mansour introduced the concept of spiritual direction.  In Part II, he briefly explored the purpose of spiritual direction. In today's post on a bishop's perspective on spiritual direction, Bishop Mansour will examine a number of different situations a spiritual director might encounter. Below you will find a few different scenarios... Read More

Pope John Paul II and self-mortification

February 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Mortification, Seasonal Meditations

STUNNER! Pope Practiced Self-Mortification by Jimmy Akin So various circles have been atwitter about news reports that Pope John Paul II practiced certain forms of self-mortification or, in the immortal words of the Associated Press, “John Paul II used belt to whip himself.” It is not surprising that our pleasure-obsessed culture would find this unusual, nor is it surprising that latent anti-Catholic tendencies in the culture... Read More

Spiritual Direction – A Bishop’s Perspective – Part II of III

February 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Bishop's Perspective on Spiritual Direction (Part II of III) Editor's Note: In Part I, Bishop Mansour introduced the concept of spiritual direction.  In today's post, he will briefly explore the purpose of spiritual direction. The idea of spiritual direction is a monastic idea; it began with the desert fathers and continues in the Church as a spiritual form of mentoring. It is not a magic pill to make all discernment easy, but... Read More

How can I go deeper in my faith this Lenten season?

February 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Seasonal Meditations

I recently had the opportunity to speak to a great group of men at parish here in Colorado about my conversion to the Catholic faith. One of the things I shared was the unusual amount of personal suffering I have experienced. The short list of loss includes a brother and sister in their thirties and a niece at two years old. At a young age I have lived the difficult reality that life, for any of us, can end at any moment. Faced... Read More

Spiritual Direction – A Bishop’s Perspective – Part I of III

February 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Bishop's Perspective on Spiritual Direction (Part I of III) Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, A few of you know that I travel a great deal between Connecticut and Colorado. When I am in Connecticut my home parish is Our Lady of Lebanon, a parish of the Eparchy of Saint Maron in Brooklyn. I have had the opportunity to encounter Christ in Churches in Jerusalem, Rome and the United States and have participated in the liturgies... Read More

Does Christ Suffer With Me When I Suffer?

February 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Compassion, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction, Suffering

Dear Father John, I pray quite a bit…mostly because I have had some suffering in my life that has drained me, even spiritually. I pray for many things, but mostly, I pray for my own faith. One day, as I was praying, I said to Christ, “I feel like I'm alone in my suffering, yet I am asked to reflect and meditate on Your suffering.” After I prayed and asked that question, I had a sort of internal answer to it. I... Read More

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