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Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

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Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church’s guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Distractions in Prayer & Methods of Prayer

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Distractions in Prayer and Methods of Prayer Finding God through Meditation Reflections     How can we overcome distractions in prayer? How do we recognize transitions in our prayer lives, and how should we respond to them? What methods of prayer can be helpful? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Human Frailty – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 25

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Human Frailty 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 25 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we recognize temptations from the enemy when they are disguised as good works? What do our human frailties have to do with this? Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does God... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV)

June 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Dark Night, Faith

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV) When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. (Barbara Winter) It is foggy. The fog is so thick you could slice it. You step onto the plane and take... Read More

Reconciliation

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RECONCILIATION Dear Father John, During the sacrament of reconciliation, they say that the priest is “in persona Christi”, meaning, if I understand correctly, that it is really Christ that is acting through him. If so, how come the priest cannot understand if I say my sins in my own language that he doesn’t know? Surely Christ knows every language, since prayers are translated. Thank... Read More

How Can We Know the Way to God? (Part II of II)

May 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

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Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at the effects of a darkened mind and the coming of the Light. Today, we will reflect on the deepest questions and talk about the fullest answer to them. Here is the particular issue we are examining: Dear Father John, I know the apostles ask Jesus this same question: How can we know the way? But, seriously, what if we want to go to God but we don’t know... Read More

How Can We Know the Way to God? (Part I of II)

May 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

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Dear Father John, I know the apostles ask Jesus this same question: How can we know the way? But, seriously, what if we want to go to God but we don’t know how. How can we know the way? EMOTIONS PROVIDE THE energy we need to take action in life. But they need to be educated so they can move us toward actions that truly contribute to what is best for us and for the world around us. The wild horse... Read More

Holy Saturday 2015

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Holy Saturday “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 633, referencing the Council of Rome and Pope Benedict XII)   “Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden, we read in an ancient Homily: ‘What has happened? Today the... Read More

Can Demons Repent?

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Dear Father John, I understand that demons hate God, but they also suffer from being separated from Him. Is it possible that a demon could repent, and accept God as we can? The Catechism gives a direct answer to this question, so let’s start there. I will quote the four numbers in full, since they give an excellent summary of what we know about demons. It is located in the section discussing original... Read More

How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part II of II)

February 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

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How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at the x-ray of a soul and the kinds of souls that plants and animals have. Today, we examine the problems with the philosophical distinction called a soul and how the soul is beloved of God. Herewith is the question we are examining: Dear Father John, Jesus talks about loving God with all one’s soul.... Read More

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