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But What if I Don’t Feel Like It?

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But . . . What If I Don’t Feel Like It?   Dear Father John, How can I overcome my feelings of not wanting to evangelize, especially when there are some people I don’t want to even be around? SOMETIMES KINDNESS OVERFLOWS effortlessly from a warm and affectionate heart. At other times that same heart feels cold and antagonistic, and even the possibility of kindness is crowded back into a... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Starting a Prayer Routine

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Starting a Prayer Routine Want to start a new prayer routine? Dan and Melissa answer a listener’s question on starting a prayer routine. Join them as they offer suggestions on developing a prayer habit and reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can I begin a new prayer life if I’ve never successfully... Read More

Giving up on Prayer – Day 11, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about giving up on prayer? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIV Segovia, July 3, 1574* To Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca The Saint rejects a title of honor. The foundation at Segovia. Trials of prayer. Father Pedro Hernandez. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with your Lordship! I declare that... Read More

How Does One Persevere in Faith?

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Perseverance, Spiritual Direction

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How Does One Persevere in Faith? Dear Father John, I have returned to the Church after many years of not attending, but I was never away in my heart.  I was very enthusiastic when I came back and I’m faithfully doing all the Church asks.  Sometimes, it feels like I am just going through the motions and I want to quit. How do I keep going? IT’S ONE THING to make good choices, to use our freedom... Read More

Get a Vowel

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Get a Vowel You are climbing a mountain, working hard, pushing yourself to fight the fight and finish the race. There are times to relax and let go of a struggle for a while, but there are times to persevere. Right now, you know you have got to keep going in the face of opposition, keep trying in the face of failure, keep hoping in the face of despair. But you can’t. You’re up against something... Read More

On Perseverance

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ON PERSEVERANCE “He that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 St. Jerome says, that many begin well, but few persevere. “Incipere multorum est, perseverare paucorum” (Lib. i. Contra Jovin). Saul, Judas, Tertullian, began well, but ended badly, because they did not persevere in grace. “Non queeruntur in Christianis initia,” says the same... Read More

How do I get Rid of my “inner ugliness?”

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Pride

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Dear Father John, I have been struggling with some interior trials with forgiveness, resentment and jealousy. I call this “inner ugliness.” I have been praying fervently, going to confession, and receiving excellent spiritual direction. I have been willing myself to be charitable even when I am not feeling it. So here is my question. What am I missing, why do I still feel “inner ugly”?... Read More

Flannery O’Connor and the Horror of Sin

June 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 11 of 16) Take a lesson from the carpenter, who, when he wishes to drive a large nail, is not satisfied with giving it a few strokes, but continues hammering until he is sure it is firmly fastened. You must imitate him, if you would firmly implant this resolution in your soul. Be not satisfied with renewing it from time to time, but daily take advantage of all the... Read More

Journal of a Soul Week 6 of 12 – Book Club

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Journal of a Soul Week 6 Slow and Steady wins the Race Anyone who judges me from appearances takes me for a calm and steady worker. It is true that I work; but deep in my nature there is a tendency towards laziness and distraction. This tendency must, with the help of God, be forcibly resisted. To humble myself constantly I will always tell myself that I am a lazy fellow, a beast of burden that ought... Read More

What virtues can I practice to overcome the root sin of sensuality?

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Dear Father John, Thank you for the post on root sin. It has definitely helped me. My question is, charity and humility seem to be the virtues to practice if the root sin is pride or vanity. But what would be the virtue to practice to overcome sensuality? It seems that it is more of an emotional response, hence the sensuality. Thanks to your article have identified this as my root sin, I am not entirely... Read More

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