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What does it really mean to give your life to Christ and trust God? (I of II)

January 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

Dear Father John, I have been grappling a lot lately with spiritual progress, and I think what it boils down to is trust. The whole idea of believing God is with me throughout my day, and even more so, the idea (or need) to turn everything over to Him… But what does that actually look like? How do you get there? I still have to go through the steps/tasks of life as a wife, mother, and other things… What exactly does... Read More

His desire for you…

January 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayer

For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me; that he wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great and holy God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a relationship with any human, let alone one as broken as me. Some time ago, a breakthrough... Read More

Spiritual director recommended centering prayer: what should I do?

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Dear Dan, I have recently sought the guidance of a Spiritual director which I would say was greatly influenced by your and Fr. John's suggestions. My concern is that my Spiritual Director has suggested Centering Prayer. I'd appreciate it if you can share your thoughts on that. Thanks. First things first – I am greatly encouraged by your steps toward deepening your faith through spiritual direction! With respect to your question,... Read More

Is Sunday Mass still an obligation? – Part II of II

January 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

Dear Father John, The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that it is a grave sin to miss our Sunday Obligation unless excused for a serious reason (CCC 2181). Our parish priests and our RCIA team have always taught the same. However, recently I heard someone from the diocese say that it is never a mortal sin to miss Sunday's Mass; that the Bishops of the United States have relaxed the old rule and if you miss Sunday's Mass... Read More

I Discovered my Root Sin is Vanity; I’m Struggling with This

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Dear Father Edward, I just came to realize through spiritual direction, prayer and many graces that my root sin in vanity!!! And I am having a very hard time knowing this fact. I feel like God is now leaving me alone (not feeling His presence) to test me and I am struggling with this fact. How do I continue to keep my faith strong and deal with the everyday insecurities in myself that I face? People have said to me that this “is... Read More

Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? (Part I of II)

Dear Dan, my spiritual director recently recommended I read a book by Fr. Anthony Demello, SJ. Are you aware of his writings? I am a bit concerned about what I am reading but I can't put my finger on exactly what is making me so uncomfortable. Maybe I should answer a different question first. “What should I read if I want to grow deeper in my faith?” The best answer is, 1) Scripture and the Catechism, 2) Relevant Church... Read More

Is Sunday Mass still an obligation? – Part I of II

January 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

Dear Father John, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that it is a grave sin to miss our Sunday Obligation unless excused for a serious reason (CCC 2181). Our parish priests and our RCIA team have always taught the same. However, recently I heard someone from the diocese say that it is never a mortal sin to miss Sunday's Mass; that the Bishops of the United States have relaxed the old rule and if you miss Sunday's Mass... Read More

Does God care about my job or where I work?

January 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Discernment

Dear Father Edward, I am confused. The questioner in your post on discernment wrote, “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.” Could you respond to this statement? If this is true, then it certainly seems as though it doesn't matter the type of job that this person gets, and that there is no need to look for a job that “could... Read More

Theophilos – Book Recommendation

January 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

Because I spend most of my time reading technical works of spiritual theology, my imagination suffers. Realizing this I decided to take up a work of fiction that I thought would help reignite some creative thinking. In my selection I believed that the author (Michael O'Brien) would help me achieve this goal while at the same time providing me unique spiritual insights as he has in the past. This he did, and then some. Theophilos... Read More

How can I overcome the root sin of vanity?

January 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Root Sin, Sin, Virtue

Dear Father Edward, would you be willing to post the virtues to overcome the root sin of vanity and pride also? “Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” That line from the Book of Ecclesiastes rings as true today as on the day it was written. Vanity is one of the three root sins that plague humanity. Much of our economy is built on vanity, on helping people to maintain the right... Read More

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