Sign Up for our Free Daily Email Updates / Catholic Spiritual Direction

In my spiritual life, how much is up to me?

October 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness, Spiritual Life

2_Guercino_1619 raising of lazarus copy

Dear Father John, I am confused. I keep reading in spiritual books about how, in the spiritual life, everything is up to God. That God is the one who makes us holy, that we just have to let go and let God. But when I read the New Testament, I keep finding spiritual to-do lists. So, which is it? Is it up to God to make me holy, or is it up to me to make me holy? The typical answer to this honest and... Read More

How can actions & sufferings make God loved across the seas?


Dear Father John, in St. Thérèse’s poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My... Read More

Skip to toolbar