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How I memorized my favorite prayer in sixty seconds

March 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Prayer, Resources

Here's a great post from Jennifer Fulwiler over at NCRegister.com. I second her recommendation of Dr. Vost's book Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters. We also had Jennifer on a recent segment of Register Radio where we covered this book and a few others that are well worth reading. You can catch that podcast here. How I memorized my favorite prayer in sixty... Read More

Catechism – Meditation – 2708

March 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Prayer

Meditation — Catechism Paragraph 2708   Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great... Read More

How Can We Mature through the First Rooms of the Interior Castle?

Dear Sisters, in your last post you provided a really helpful summary of the first few mansions. You mentioned that they are “rooms of humility.” I would be grateful if you could help me understand the kinds of prayer that help us mature through these first few rooms. I have been advised to practice meditation for which Fr. John’s Better Part is a wonderful resource. Is this also consistent with Carmelite spirituality in... Read More

Can non-Christians go to heaven? What does the Church say?

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Salvation

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Dear Father John, I am confused. Jesus said he is the way the truth and the light, but the Church has moved away from believing salvation lies only in the Church. Even learned people in the Church (my Spiritual Director included) now say that God is bigger than we can comprehend so we need to be open to the possibility that God is calling even those outside the Church. It makes the line very gray as to the purpose of evangelization.... Read More

Wisdom for the Ascent – 1 – St. John of the Cross

Wisdom for the Ascent Wisdom for the Ascent: THE soul must of necessity–if we would attain to the divine union of God–pass through the dark night of mortification of the desires, and self-denial in all things. The reason is this; all the love we bestow on creatures is in the eyes of God mere darkness, and while we are involved therein, the soul is incapable of being enlightened and possessed by the pure and simple light of... Read More

Catechism – Meditation – 2707

March 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Catechism, Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Prayer

Meditation: Catechism Paragraph 2707 There are as many and varied methods of meditation as there are spiritual masters. Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly, lest they come to resemble the three first kinds of soil in the parable of the sower. But a method is only a guide; the important thing is to advance, with the Holy Spirit, along the one way of prayer: Christ Jesus. + “A catechism... Read More

How can I learn to trust?

March 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I have felt a great desire to enter religious life for a few years now, but keep hitting an invisible wall so-to-speak. After attempting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the Lord helped me to see that I am not ‘indifferent' and have to rebuild my foundation of a personal relationship with Him. In particular He helped me see my utter inability to surrender stemming from a lack of trust. Unfortunately,... Read More

Catechism – Meditation – 2706

March 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Prayer

Meditation — Catechism Paragraph 2706 To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened: the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality. To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: ‘Lord,... Read More

Thoughts: from the devil or just from my own mind?

March 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Discernment

Dear Dan, my thought life is sometimes out of control. When I get angry or disturbed it seems like these feelings press a “replay” button on the scenes of my struggle to the point where I want to scream to make it stop. Sometimes I lose lots of sleep. The tapes in my head replay what I should have said or could have said – what will I do in response etc. I guess my main question is how do I know the source of these thoughts... Read More

What’s going on in my prayer life: should I really sit in silence?

Dear Father John, I am struggling with my prayer life. I go to my 30-minute prayer time and nothing happens. But I stick it out anyway, as best I can. It seems like sheer willpower (and invisible grace) against everything else. “Well, I have nothing better to do for the next 47 years, Lord. I'll wait it out like this, if that's what you want.” I am frustrated. This is a great question, but it’s hard to answer without... Read More

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