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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first Rule of the Discernment of Spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in... Read More

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

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Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – What is Prayer?

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WHAT IS PRAYER? How does one get started in mental prayer? What are the imporatant elements to having a good prayer life? Dan and Melissa take on complexities of answering the question “What is prayer?” as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Answers to the question “What is prayer?” How... Read More

Having a Rule of Life: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 20 reflections

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Having a Rule of Life 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 20 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   Listen to reflections on letters from St. Teresa of Avila found in Dan Burke’s book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. In today’s show Dan and Melissa answer the questions: What is a “rule of life”? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Topics/Questions covered in the show: Motivation... Read More

On the Malice of Mortal Sin

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ON THE MALICE OF MORTAL SIN “I have brought up children and exalted them; but they have despised me.” cf Isaiah 1:2 What does the sinner do when he commits mortal sin? He insults God, he dishonors him, he afflicts him. In the first place, mortal sin is an insult offered to God. The malice of an insult is, as St. Thomas says, estimated from the condition of the person who receives and of... Read More

Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones?

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Are Sexual Sins the Worst Ones? In 24 years I’ve seen a lot of clients, mostly Catholic and Christian. And because I am a specifically Catholic therapist (i.e. I integrate the faith into the process and follow the teachings of the Church), many of the clients I see will discuss their troubles not only from a psychological point of view but from a spiritual perspective as well. Many seek therapy because... Read More

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness

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Dear Dan, I am Catholic. I committed grave sins when I was a teen that I have lived in guilt and anxiety over for almost two decades. I pray every day about them. I have prayed in church but I have never been to confession. I am afraid to go to confession because I am scared I will not be forgiven or kicked out of the “church”. I want to go to Heaven. I love God and Jesus. Are there any... Read More

What is Eternal Death?

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Fortea, Grace

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Father Fortea, what is eternal death? The human soul, as a spiritual reality, is immortal (see Catechism paragraph 366). Like any spirit, it is not subject to decay or illness; it cannot grow old or wear out. No matter what sins people commit, their souls cannot die in a metaphysical sense. They will exist forever.  Where they will exist forever – heaven or hell – is another matter. When... Read More

Longing for the Face of God – Navigating the Interior Life (II/IV)

The Three Ways: Longing for the Face of God and “Navigating the Interior Life” (Part II of IV) In our last post we introduced the concept of the three ways. In this post and those following we will explore general descriptions of each phase with help from a classic in Catholic spiritual literature, The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Chautard. I have provided the illustration again here for... Read More

Anxiety remains well after the election

December 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Fr. John, I am deeply distressed by the outcome of our election. I am beyond myself when I consider that more than 40% of Mass-going Catholics committed mortal sin (or something close depending on their knowledge) by voting for someone who will continue to support Planned Parenthood and abortion. I know it has only been a matter of days but I just can’t shake my anxiety over all of this.... Read More

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