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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5

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This week Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5 – never change spiritual commitments while experiencing spiritual desolation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Fifth Rule. “The fifth: In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 “Spiritual Desolation”

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 Spiritual Desolation On this week’s episode, Dan and Melissa explore the meaning of spiritual desolation and how to recognize it through the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 4 – “I call [spiritual] desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 3 “Spiritual Consolation”

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On this week’s show, listen as Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s third rule of Discernment of Spirits, “Spiritual Consolation”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Ignatius’ Third Rule of Discernment of Spirits: “The third is of spiritual consolation. I call it consolation when some interior movement is caused in the soul, through which... Read More

My Director Hasn’t Seen Me – I Need His Counsel: What Now?

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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My Spiritual Director Hasn’t Seen Me ~ I Need His Counsel: What Now?   Dear Father John, My spiritual director is also my parish priest. I have been seeing him for several years. I have been very displeased with how things have been going lately. In his defense he has made it clear that most parish priests don’t take on spiritual directees because they don’t have a lot of time... Read More

Embracing Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 30 – Part 1

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Embracing Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa expresses joy when she learns of the persecution and suffering of the nuns of Seville and Fr. Gracian. Learn when and how to embrace suffering. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, with particular emphasis on embracing suffering. Topics/Questions... Read More

Carrying Out Works of Mercy

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CARRYING OUT WORKS OF MERCY Dear Fr. John, Sometimes, when I set out to do some work of mercy, such as go to a funeral or help someone out, all of a sudden, I feel ill. I have the good intention but feel physically lousy and not able to carry it out. In other words, this is not coming from me but it makes me wonder… Ruling out medical issues, how do I know whether this is an indication from the... Read More

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