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How do I Know if I am Ready for Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, Though I have read many of your posts on spiritual direction, I am still struggling with taking the leap and making an appointment. I do want to grow in my relationship to Christ but how do I know if I am really ready for this and it is the right thing for me right now? It is a bit intimidating and I don’t want to waste anyone’s time… Relax. The first thing you need to know is that God is already hard at... Read More

How can I effectively prepare for a retreat?

June 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Exercises

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction, I am going to a silent retreat soon. I know that I really need this and I really want to deepen my relationship with Christ. Is there anything in particular I can do to effectively prepare? Dear Friend, this is a difficult question to answer without knowing some details about your spiritual life but we will give it a shot. First, a great deal of the benefit of spiritual exercises or retreats... Read More

Daily exam of conscience: why & how to do it (II of II)

June 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, My spiritual director is recommending that I practice a daily “examination of conscience.” I thought this was just for religious, etc. Can you help me understand more about this, how it should be done, and why? In our first post we covered the “why” and an introduction to the “how” of a daily examination of conscience. This post will help you with the practical steps you need to achieve... Read More

How Much should I Reveal to my Spiritual Director on my First Visit?

June 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Perspective, Spiritual Direction, The Process

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction, how much are you supposed to reveal to your spiritual director on your first visit? Are you supposed to go back to your first sin, like a general confession? I have found a priest who is willing to be my spiritual director, and I just want to know how much and how far back should I discuss with him on my first meeting. Great questions! I will address the easy one first. What does your spiritual... Read More

Daily exam of conscience: why & how to do it (I of II)

June 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Fr. Bartunek

 Dear Father John, My spiritual director is recommending that I practice a daily “examination of conscience.” I thought this was just for religious, etc. Can you help me understand more about this, how it should be done, and why? This is a critical issue for deepening your friendship with Christ. Critical. Hands down, this spiritual discipline (the daily examination of conscience) is a central plank in the platform leading... Read More

Recommended Resources for Spiritual Growth

June 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

Resources for Spiritual Growth Recommended Resources for Spiritual Growth Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, To find an easy to review list of all of our recommended resources for spiritual growth, for reading on the spiritual life, click here. You will find this and other lists of posts by topic in the upper right hand portion of each page. Please remember that if you purchase resources from this site you help us continue... Read More

Spiritual Direction Orientation: It Takes Time and Patience

Spiritual Directors

Have you ever been in an unfamiliar area and stopped to ask a local for directions only to find that the well intended helper begins to rattle off street names, turns, and landmarks faster than you can blink? Why does this happen? It really is very simple. Our chosen helper is very familiar with the area. He or she is simply working at a pace that makes complete sense to them; though almost none to us. The challenge is that even... Read More

Is Apprehension about Spiritual Direction Process Normal?

Dear Father John, I am a new Catholic. I found your blog after searching for information on Catholic Spiritual Direction. My parish priest has found a director for me, a lady, whom I have not met yet. To be honest, I am somewhat terrified of sharing my thoughts and (things I learn) in person. I'm more of a writer. I don't mind writing about that which I have learned as a result of overcoming trials-sorry to be vague here-it is... Read More

Prayer of Pope Clement XI

June 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayers

Prayer of Pope Clement XI Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith. I trust in you: strengthen my trust. I love you: let me love you more and more. I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow. I worship you as my first beginning, I long for you as my last end, I praise you as my constant helper, And call on you as my loving protector. Guide me by your wisdom, Correct me with your justice, Comfort me with your mercy, Protect me with... Read More

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