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Gratitude Presence of God – O my God, give me a grateful heart, that I may sing Your praises forever. MEDITATION Incapable as we are of paying our debts to God according to justice, we should at least try to supply for them by our gratitude. Even the poorest beggar, having nothing to give in return for the alms he has received, can always acknowledge a kindness by showing gratitude to his benefactor.... Read More

The Promise of Hell and the Hope of Virtue

May 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 5 of 16) That this eternity, this terrible forever, were deeply graven in our hearts! We are told that a worldly man, giving himself to serious reflection upon eternity, made use of this simple reasoning: There is no sensible man who would accept the empire of the world at the expense of thirty or forty years spent upon a bed, even were it a bed of roses. How great, then,... Read More

How to Overcome Anxiety

October 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Fr. Najim


 How to Overcome Anxiety Anxiety robs us of inner peace. Nothing good comes of it. Anxiety causes restless days, sleepless nights, and even affects our health. So if nothing good comes from anxiety, why do we allow it to have so much power over us? I think because it’s such a powerful emotion; it grips us, and we actually feel powerless over it. We feel that we are held captive by it. But do... Read More

What is Spiritual Consolation?

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Dear Father John, what kind of general advice should I give to a person who is experiencing a lot of consolation in their spiritual life? From what this person has told me in spiritual direction, this consolation is certainly coming from God. Is there any practical advice I should give this person? God gives consolation in order to strengthen us and draw us closer to himself, just as he allows desolation... Read More

How can I learn to trust?

March 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek


Dear Father John, I have felt a great desire to enter religious life for a few years now, but keep hitting an invisible wall so-to-speak. After attempting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the Lord helped me to see that I am not ‘indifferent’ and have to rebuild my foundation of a personal relationship with Him. In particular He helped me see my utter inability to surrender stemming... Read More

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