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Is it selfish to deny help to family or friends? Part II of II

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self-Denial

Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God is increasing my capacity to... Read More

How can I pray when I can’t even think straight?

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Suffering

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How do I pray when I am sick and can't think? I feel as though my words are just going out into thin air and no one in heaven hears me. What words do I use and Who will listen? This is a difficult question both to experience and to answer. I have suffered significant ongoing pain and discomfort, constant medication, multiple surgeries and related complications… When I became a Christian more than fifteen years ago I did so... Read More

What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback, Resources

Tattered Titles! What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand? If you were stuck on a desert island alone but somehow could have just a few books dropped into the sand pit next to your tent, which ones would they be? Which books has God most used to turn your heart towards Him? Here's my list: Scripture/Catechism (yes, I cheated but just a little) Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila/All St. Teresa's Writings Abandonment... Read More

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ: Abandon Yourself to this Book

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Detachment, Resources

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | www.CatholicCulture.org Published with Permission Ignatius Press has just come out with a new edition of Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s outstanding work of spiritual direction, This work, written in the 18th century by a French Jesuit, has become one of the great classics of Catholic spiritual reading. Not only does it deserve a treasured place in each person’s library, but it is well worth revisiting at various... Read More

Should Spiritual Directors Charge for their Services?

October 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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My recent post encouraging directees to respond in gratitude to their directors met with a firm rebuke in the com box that I have decided to address. The post was, “Should I pay my spiritual director?” Here is what one reader had to say, “You are wrong, wrong, wrong Dan Burke. Paying for spiritual direction is simony and it is priests along who have the charism for spiritual direction. What you are suggesting... Read More

How do the suffering pray?

October 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Suffering, Theophilus

This morning I woke up after eight hours of sleep feeling like I hadn't slept at all. My head was heavy with pain, my body aching and complaining. I inched my way out of bed, took my mound of medication, and went to pray. As I began my time of meditation, the pain in my head continually called to me, “Pay attention to me, I hurt.” “Jesus” I whispered. “Pay attention to me, I hurt.” “Jesus”... Read More

Is it selfish to deny help to family or friends? Part I of II

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self-Denial

Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God is increasing my capacity to... Read More

Are you worth the time? Why would a priest take time for me?

October 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Forgiveness, Spiritual Direction

Why would a priest spend time with a nobody like me? In the past year I have talked with a number of good Catholics interested in spiritual direction. Almost all of them expressed a feeling of being unworthy of a priest taking time out just for them. One woman said, “Why would a priest spend time with a nobody like me?” Now, mind you, this woman recently fought through some very difficult challenges and converted to... Read More

How do I deal with Dry Homilies?

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Resources

Dear Father John, I have recently come back to the Church and am looking for a deepening of my faith.  Although I have fallen in love with the Mass, I have found that the priests are not as engaging as the ministers I found in evangelical churches.  I don't know what to do about that; I can only think to draw nearer to Christ and find people of the same mind.  I would appreciate any suggestions. I know exactly what you mean!... Read More

Questions about Contemplation

October 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

The encounter of contemplation is such an unexpected and memorable experience, shouldn't one be content with leaving it to God if it would ever be repeated? I see people trying centering prayer, Taize prayer, etc. to try to achieve it. It somehow seems wrong to try to ‘get' something that's purely a gift. Is acquired contemplation the same experience as infused contemplation? Books like the Interior Castle confuse and intimidate... Read More

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