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An Easter story from a friend – no such thing as a bad egg?

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

Dear CSD Friends, Father John received this note from a friend and thought you might enjoy it… Dan Dear Friends and Family, I had a beautiful little miracle happen that I want to share with you. I resolved last week to make a special effort to offer little sacrifices throughout the day to show my love for Christ, rather than grumbling about them (my usual first instinct). Well, my first test came when I went to make breakfast... Read More

What are Ignatian spiritual exercises?

March 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Ignatian Spirituality, Spiritual Exercises

Interview With Official From Ignatian Exercises Federation By Antonio Gaspari ( Every year, a countless number of Catholics escape from their typical activities and take days to retreat into prayer following the system of the Ignatian spiritual exercises. The Pope himself is one of these Catholics; Benedict XVI's annual spiritual exercises with the Roman Curia begin Feb. 21. Just prior to the Holy Father's retreat, the... Read More

Mysticism and Spiritual Direction – what do I do?

Dear Father John, At some point would you address the issues facing modern mystics? For example, most spiritual directors do not seem to have experience with mysticism. Even some priests I have encountered believe that God no longer acts in this way with his people, but it has been my personal experience that he does. It is very difficult finding others with similar experiences. Fortunately, I have found an elderly priest who can... Read More

My 11 year old’s challenges with Lent… And what about Sunday?

March 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Seasonal Meditations

Dear Father John, My question is on behalf of my 11-year-old son, Matthew. Matthew decided to give up sweets for Lent. He did this completely on his own and just announced it on Ash Wednesday. (I am giving up my favorite indulgence, chocolate). At two weeks into Lent my poor little Matthew is in misery about wishing to have a dessert. I have coached him from different angles — “Look what a strong person you are becoming”... Read More

What if I just don’t like to pray at all?

March 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

Dear Father Joseph, maybe this isn't the place (or blog) to post such a question, but what would you say to someone who doesn't really *like* praying? I'm not saying it should be enjoyable or entertaining, etc., but I never feel any desire to pray, and when I do pray it's just plain awkward, unpleasant, and motivated only out of some sense of obligation. I guess it would be a legit obligation … but I just feel like I'm talking... Read More

On the Litany of Humility: How can I be free from desire to be loved?

March 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Seasonal Meditations

Dear Father John, I am trying to pray the Litany of Humility with special reverence and attentiveness during this Lent, and in doing so the following question keeps recurring to me: In the Litany of Humility, the second request is: “From the desire of being loved, Lord Jesus, free me!” How am I to understand this request? I had thought that to want to love and to be loved is a part of our human nature. What am I missing? It... Read More

Litany of Humility

March 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Devotions, Litanies, Prayer

Litany of Humility   O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being consulted,... Read More

St John of the Cross – Principles for Detachment

March 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Lent, Seasonal Meditations

These are the golden rules proposed by St John of the Cross for total detachment: The soul must always be inclined ‘not to the easiest thing, but to the hardest; not to the tastiest, but to the most insipid; not to the things that give the greatest pleasure, but to those that give the least; not to the restful things, but to the painful ones; not to consolation, but to desolation; not to more, but to less; not to the highest... Read More

A Lenten Prayer of St John Eudes

March 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Prayer, Seasonal Meditations

“O Lord, You have created me for Yourself, to love You and to enjoy You, infinite Good, ineffable Beauty; do not permit me to lose sight of this sublime end toward which I must tend; do not permit me to wander among the wretched satisfactions that vain, feeble creatures can offer me. “O my Lord, what poor use I have made of creatures! Pardon me, O Lord! Henceforth I do not want to use anything unless it is for Your glory... Read More

How to Stay Strong Spiritually During Lent

March 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Seasonal Meditations, Sin

Dear Father John, Every year I start out Lent with great ambition and hope for spiritual growth, but somewhere along the way I lose interest and let myself slide. I really want to avoid the slide this year … any suggestions to help me stay strong? Sure! The key thing to think about is why you tend to slide. If you can identify the cause, then you can easily find the solution. In general, three things tend to make our Lenten... Read More

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