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How can I overcome the root sin of pride?

December 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Root Sin, Sin, Virtue

Dear Father Edward, would you be willing to post the virtues to overcome the root sins of vanity and pride also? Whole libraries could be written on how to overcome pride. Pride is the mother of all root sins. Take any sin and you can ultimately trace its roots back to pride. This vice arises because of a deep-seated desire to do things our way. Whereas vanity puts too much emphasis on the esteem of others, and sensuality stresses... Read More

How can I begin to see God as a loving Father?

December 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I tend to have a perfectionist personality combined with the cross of scrupulosity.  My family of origin does love me but it wasn’t the best environment growing up so I really lack in understanding of a loving father figure hence having trouble seeing God as a loving and forgiving father.  I am pretty sure that I have made peace with my past and have forgiven those who have hurt me so how then do I start to... Read More

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love

December 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Vocal

Do you ever have trouble shedding distractions and entering into prayer and meditation? A powerful way to open up your time of prayer, meditation, or scripture reading is through acts of faith, hope, and love. These acts can be the recitation of prayers like the ones below or others that you can write on your own. Whether you write your own or recite these traditional forms, these acts can help you to effectively enter into prayer... Read More

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Praying Through Art, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

Merry Christmas! Blessed and Merry Christmas! Christ is born for us! Let us rejoice and be glad! * Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born; let us rejoice.  Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness. No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding... Read More

I have been out of work and am struggling with discernment

December 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Discernment, God's Will, Suffering

Dear Father Edward, I have been out of work for a while. I know God is not in the employment business, nor is he that concerned with how we make a living. His concern is for our soul. That said, I'm told I will know God's will … and that he is leading me to something just right for me. But how do we know the direction he's leading us in? And how do we pray about this … and how do I keep from worrying? What if I just... Read More

How to pray & grow with family demands pulling at me?

December 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Family Prayer, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, between caring for my four young kids and husband, running my household, and working a part time job, I sometimes find that prayer time gets pushed aside again and again until it’s almost non-existent (or only on Sunday mornings). I need some help prioritizing my prayer time and making my faith a larger part of my everyday life. Any suggestions? This can be a particularly difficult challenge during the holidays.... Read More

The Digital Nativity

December 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Videos

Digital Nativity The Digital Nativity Digital Nativity: Well, the fare at Catholic Spiritual Direction is not what most would call light reading. So, to brighten up the mood a bit, I thought this Digital Nativity might make you smile. Of course, we take seriously the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and how his coming ushered in our salvation.  We honor the role the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph played in this mystery of... Read More

Haste not want not… Advice for the Advent Season

December 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke

Haste Not! Haste Not, Want Not! Haste is, generally speaking, the enemy of the spiritual life. Guard your heart in this glorious Advent season, a season which, secularly, tends towards hustle and bustle and rushing to and fro, exhausting effort! The only haste that reflects holiness is when we hasten to return to God … and he runs to embrace us with His forgiveness and love. (See the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the gospel... Read More

Pope Benedict and Spiritual Direction

December 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

Dear Friends, If you are not a regular pope-watcher you may have missed Pope Benedict's frequent encouragement regarding the importance of the ancient and powerful practice of spiritual direction. Here's excerpts from a recent article from CNA that contains some interesting insights: Pope Benedict XVI highlighted a saint from Turin as a model for priests in light of the recently concluded Year for Priests. The Holy Father said... Read More

How do I find “The Better Part” in Advent?

December 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

Dear Friends, You will notice tomorrow that there is a shift in approach with The Better Part posts. Instead of posting the meditation units in sequential order, based on reader feedback, we have decided to post them in keeping with the Liturgical Calendar and the readings for Mass. What that means is that the post you get each Wednesday will be for the scripture reading for the coming Sunday. That way, if you rely on this post... Read More

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