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Spiritual Direction is NOT Confession

Spiritual Direction is NOT Confession Spiritual direction is not synonymous with confession. The challenge with distinguishing spiritual direction from confession usually comes when the modern inquirer reads the saints who talk about their spiritual director or confessor as if they are one and the same thing. The reason for this is that there was a time when it was very common for confession and spiritual direction to take place... Read More

Spiritual Direction is NOT Spiritual Reading

Spiritual Direction is NOT Spiritual Reading   Spiritual reading is the practice of quietly reading and reflecting on a text that can help us better understand how to love God and others. Though this is most definitely an important practice it is not the same or even a good replacement for spiritual direction because it lacks the third most important element (besides you and the Holy Spirit)… a person who, in this... Read More

Lament – By Audrey Assad

August 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Music, Videos

The song “Lament” by Audrey Assad is a perfect companion to the question that Father John has answered this week about Mary and Martha. Though there is no video to this file, you will be blessed if you take a minute and put your headphones on before you play this. I suspect that many of you will be moved by the lyrics (below) and by Audrey's heavenly voice. This one is offered up for my friend who sent the question... Read More

Mary vs Martha – Part II of II

August 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, It has always been my nature to do, do do. I volunteer and serve whenever, wherever I can and have always found I felt closer to the Lord when doing this. As I grow older, there is a lack of connection in my spiritual life and simply serving. While I do not want to give up all the volunteer time, I do want to try and slow down in order to find that spiritual connection again. Where do I start? How do I slow down?... Read More

Teresa Tomeo Praise – Navigating the Interior Life

August 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Navigating the Interior Life

Teresa Tomeo Praise for “Navigating the Interior Life” Teresa Tomeo Praise! Teresa Tomeo Praise ~  “There is no better time than now for such a solid resources concerning spiritual direction. We are entering into the “Year of Faith” and if we are going to grow in our faith we need good solid guidance to help us along the way. Dan’s book provides a step by step plan for those who may be seeking spiritual... Read More

Spiritual Direction Is NOT Wandering Around…

Spiritual Direction is NOT wandering around… Wandering around is the opposite of a deliberate journey in a distinct direction. Spiritual direction that is directionless is a contradiction. Some modern conceptions of spiritual direction have reduced the director-to-directee relationship to one of a companion in spiritual meandering. This is not a picture of healthy spiritual direction. Spiritual direction that lacks direction... Read More

Spiritual Direction Is NOT a Boss-Employee Relationship

The director/directee relationship is not analogous to a boss/employee relationship. This is an area where the language of spiritual direction can be a bit confusing in our culture. In normal usage of terms, the “Director” tells the one who is directed what to do. Implied is an authority that has punitive power – the power to punish or withhold rewards in the case of disobedience. This is not at all the case with... Read More

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence — Book Club

August 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Having a Joyful Heart Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence It is in order that you may make the doing of His will your chief food that the means to do it are so frequently given. How many inconveniences and sacrifices are in fact imposed upon us by illness! – plans upset, expense incurred, unpleasant remedies, perhaps, loneliness and lack of care – a host of large and small annoyances. There are so many opportunities... Read More

Mary vs Martha – Part I of II

August 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, it has always been my nature to do, do do. I volunteer and serve whenever, wherever I can and have always found I felt closer to the Lord when doing this. As I grow older, there is a lack of connection in my spiritual life and simply serving. While I do not want to give up all the volunteer time, I do want to try and slow down in order to find that spiritual connection again. Where do I start? How do I slow down?... Read More

Set aside meditation & vocal prayer for deeper spiritual life?

Deeper Spiritual Life?   Dear Dan, I have a rule of life (firm spiritual commitments) and as part of that rule I have been meditating (Ignatian) and praying the rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours daily for years now. My struggle is that I have heard that if I sense the Lord’s presence (which does happen), that I should set these prayers aside and focus on the Lord. I am confused, I thought that focusing on God is what I... Read More

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