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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

Resting or slain in the spirit: same as contemplative ecstasy?

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Dear Dan, I have experienced what people call “resting in the spirit” or being “slain in the spirit.” It was amazing. The priest prayed for me and I fell to the floor as if I had passed out (no injuries as I was already praying on my knees facing the Altar). However, I was still aware of others around me but was lost in God’s love. I am curious if this experience is the same as “ecstasy”? Before... Read More

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