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But What if I Don’t Feel Like It?

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But . . . What If I Don’t Feel Like It?   Dear Father John, How can I overcome my feelings of not wanting to evangelize, especially when there are some people I don’t want to even be around? SOMETIMES KINDNESS OVERFLOWS effortlessly from a warm and affectionate heart. At other times that same heart feels cold and antagonistic, and even the possibility of kindness is crowded back into a... Read More

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

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Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life How encountering God in prayer and deepening your prayer life can impact your life everyday. Why is the desire to have a relationship with God important? Dan and Melissa discuss their own encounters with God in prayer and scripture, and answer some listener questions. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to be... Read More

Questions on Prayer – Part 1

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Questions on Prayer Part 1 Do you have questions on prayer? What causes aridity in prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss the topics of aridity and distractions in prayer. They also share some important aspects of their personal prayer routines and what they have learned in life about prayer in “Questions on Prayer Part 1”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we fight the feeling of... Read More

Surviving Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28 – Part 2

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Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa’s letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition... 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

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part I of II)

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What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part I of II) Dear Fr. Bartunek, thank you for this most relevant reflection. In the last paragraph, the question, “What is keeping me from loving others with [Christ’s] kind of energy, constancy, and creativity?”, has been playing in my mind repeatedly for months. I have been blessed beyond belief over the past year and a half; yet,... Read More

How do you help someone who suffers with severe anger?

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Anger, Capital Sins, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I am a priest providing spiritual direction to a young man suffering with anger problems. He has recently returned to the sacraments. He is frustrated with God that he has asked him to take away this hurtful anger but God has not answered his prayer. Can you offer advice about how to overcome severe habitual challenges with anger? Anger is the most complex of the human passions. Understanding... Read More

“Born again”, salvation & friendship with Christ

September 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Salvation

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Dear Father John, I am a fairly recent convert to the faith. My conversion took place over a period of 3 years in which I had a series of powerful experiences of God’s presence and action in my life. It wasn’t just coming into the Church for me – it was discovering that Jesus is a real person, someone interested in my life. During my conversion, I understood this turn-around (this discovery... Read More

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