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How Can I Identify My Root Sin?

Dear Father John, I am not in spiritual direction right now, but I am trying to put together a program of life anyway. Can you give me some pointers about identifying my “root sin”? You are already on the right track. A program of life is worthless (well, almost worthless, at least) without having identified our root sin. Unless we understand the dynamism underlying our frequent faults and failings, we will never be able to... Read More

How do I Deal with Psychological Issues Surfaced in Spiritual Direction?

Dear Father John, when a major issue (in this case, abuse) that surfaces with the help of my spiritual director bleeds over from the psychological realm into the spiritual, how (and when) do I get away from it in my spiritual direction so I can get to the spiritual issues of prayer, discernment, etc.? It is difficult to answer this question, because the timing involved in any healing process like the kind you mention isn’t fixed.... Read More

A Guide to Christian Meditation

April 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

A Guide to Christian Meditation   Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, Many of you know that Father John's book, The Better Part is in its third printing. In the beginning of The Better Part Father John provided us with a brief but profound guide to Christian meditation. The good news is that now you can have that guide in a new book called A Guide to Christian Meditation. In this book, after a brief historical introduction... Read More

Frustration and Humility: Any such thing as an Act of Humility?

April 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Humility

Dear Father John, Your recent comments on frustration, impatience and the need for humility and how to grow in it have been insightful and practical. Thank you so much! However, I would like to know how you would advise going about making an “act of humility”. I am familiar with the Litany of Humility, but I am thinking that there may be a shorter prayer that we could pray a lot, i.e., all the time! Also, if you could... Read More

Jesus I Trust In You – from the Mundelein Psalter

April 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Hymns, Prayer

Jesus I Trust in You – from the Mundelein Psalter From the Mundelein Psalter: The morn had spread her crimson rays, When range the skies with shouts of praise; Earth joined the joyful hymn to swell, That brought despair to vanquished hell. ———- He comes victorious from the grave, The Lord omnipotent to save, And brings with him to light of day The Saints who long imprisoned lay. ———- Vain... Read More

Struggling with impatience… What can I do?

April 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Virtue

Dear Father John, I have been working on my spiritual life for a long time. But no matter how much I work on it, I find myself falling into impatience again and again. I try and try, but can’t seem to be patient. What am I doing wrong? You will not like the answer to this question, but I will try to answer it anyway. There are two things you may be doing wrong – or you may be doing both of them. Going to the Root First,... Read More

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