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What role does “experience” play in our life of faith? Is it bad?

September 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I have been following your blog since the beginning, and I have noticed a pattern in your answers – a pattern that disturbs me. You seem consistently to counsel people against trusting in their experience of God. You seem to recommend instead a kind of abstract faith. But didn’t Jesus become man precisely in order to give us an experience, so that our faith wouldn’t have... Read More

Abandonment XVII – Especially for Us

August 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment

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We can only be truly instructed by the words which God speaks to us personally. No one grows in knowledge of God either by reading books or by curious historical research. These means give us but a vain and empty knowledge, which serves only to confuse us and inflate us with pride. That which truly instructs us in what comes to us by the will of God from moment to moment. This is the knowledge gained... Read More

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