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Self-knowledge and the Spiritual Life – Part II of III

July 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge, Silence

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In Part I of this series we discussed the problem of spiritual delusion and darkness as a consequence of the lack of a God-ward self-knowledge. The purpose of this awareness is simply this: To reveal the sin(s) that hinder our relationship with God and that keep us from the fullness of God's person, love, and provision for us in this life and the life to come. As well, we desire to respond to this great love by a life of devoted... Read More

Self-knowledge and the spiritual life – Part I of III

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge

How are the brake lights on your car? Are they working properly? I have an experiment for you. Go out to your car all by yourself and try to verify that they are working. Back already? How did it go? Did you cheat and do the exercise in your head? That's ok, let's just go with it. The bottom line is this; in the normal course of life, you would never know that one of your brake lights was broken unless someone else revealed it... Read More

Does the Holy Spirit work in the un-baptized?

July 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Spirit

Does the Holy Spirit work in the un-baptized?   Dear Father John, I thought I understood, more or less, how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. But in a recent faith sharing group, a question came up that made me wonder. Someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would not be with un-baptized persons if they ask Holy Spirit to dwell in them or to give them fortitude in a difficult situation. This came up while we were discussing... Read More

What exactly is meant by “self-gift”?

Dear Father John, I've always understood the term “self-gift” in the context of relationships with people, especially a spouse.  Recently I learned it is also similar to abandonment, surrender and humility – self-gift to God.  Evidently I've missed out on something very basic to our faith. I'd sure appreciate an explanation of what exactly self-gift is and what can be found in the writings of St. Frances DeSales... Read More

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