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Living God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part III of III)


Living God’s Mercy Mercy Mission (Part III of III) Today, we bring you part III of the “Mercy Mission” which Father Michael Najim preached just prior to Holy Week.  In part one, he spoke of understanding God’s mercy. Part two dealt with experiencing God’s mercy.  And today, Father will focus on living God’s mercy and giving it to others. Part three of this “Mercy... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liz Estler, Mary


Feast of the Presentation of the Lord February 2 Although the Christmas season formally ended last month, this beautiful feast is the farthest extension of it.  In the early centuries, it was originally known as the Presentation of the Lord. Being observant Jews, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in humility and obedience, went in accord with Mosaic law to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate... Read More

Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series


A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one’s prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the... Read More

How Do We Know God’s Will?


How Do We Know God’s Will? Many people after discovering the faith soon realize that it is sometimes difficult to discern God’s will in a given situation.  Most people think that knowing God’s will is impossible.  After all, He gave us our natural capacity to reason and He has revealed Himself to us – so the rest is up to us.  There is some truth to this, especially at the... Read More

Otherworldly Series

October 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Last Things, Trent Beattie


Otherworldly Series Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again Editor’s Note: If you’ve ever doubted the connection between souls in the Church Militant (that’s us) and souls in the next life, read and doubt no more… Baseball coach Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world. Rich Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before... Read More

Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II)

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night, Ralph Martin


Blessed Mother Teresa’s “Dark Night” (Part I of II) What did it mean for her? What does it mean for us? Even though Mother Teresa’s experience of spiritual “darkness” has been known for several years, the full publication of her private letters in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light–The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” drew worldwide media coverage [a few years... Read More

What Makes a Saint?

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness


Dear Father John, why does becoming a saint seem to make us less human? I don’t mean “less human” in that we cannot observe beauty, drink wine, listen to DeBussy, cry tears of joy or make love. What I mean is that if you take Mother Teresa as an example or even Pope Francis, it seems that it’s in the denial of their human needs (or in putting the needs of others first) that they are more... Read More

Is God’s Love Unconditional? (Part II of II)

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love


…A reader asks: Dear Father John, since I have been very exposed to the modern self-help movement that tells us God’s love or Christ’s love is unconditional, how do we explain judgment of others?  If he loves us all equally, why do we need to pray, be virtuous or even religious? If we are all flawed humans (some worse than others ) and we are told to love ourselves regardless, what could... Read More

The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 2 of 12 – Book Club

August 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Lost Art of Sacrifice After Elisabeth’s death, when everything seemed to collapse around me, I came upon the Spiritual Testament she had written out for me, and, guided by my sister-in-law, I found her Journal too. I threw myself into the reading of them; I read and reread them, and a revolution took place in my whole moral being. I understood the celestial beauty of her soul and that she had... Read More

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