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Struggling with idea of practicing the presence of God: What to do?

February 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Practicing Presence, Prayer

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Presence of God: Struggling with the Idea of Practicing it:  What should be done? Dear Father John, I have had a pretty regular prayer life for a few years, and have been going to confession regularly as well, and receiving Communion frequently. In my spiritual reading, though, I keep coming across the idea of “practicing the presence of God.” This means staying aware of Jesus throughout the... Read More

Brother Lawrence – Continual Conversation With God

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Dear Reverend and very honored Mother, To become truly spiritual the heart must be empty of all other things, since God desires to be its only Master. And since He cannot be its Master without emptying it of all that is not Himself, He is prevented from doing all that He desires if it is not empty. There is no manner of life in the world more sweet or more delicious than continual conversation with... Read More

Brother Lawrence – Managing Minds & Distractions in Prayer

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Reverend and very honored Mother, You are not writing anything new to me. You are not the only one agitated in thoughts. Our mind is extremely fickle, but since the will is master of all our powers, it must call back the mind and carry it to God as its final goal. When the mind has not been brought down at the outset, and has a few wicked habits of straying and wasting time, these habits are difficult... Read More

Problems with My Mind… Any Ideas?

November 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Practicing Presence, Prayer

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To love God is everything to me – to serve him – more than everything. He is worthy of all that I have, all that I am. However, I have a problem. I have a very active mind. From the moment I rise to the moment I sleep my mind is racing. When I sleep, or I should say on the rare occasion that I do sleep, my mind is still racing. So, who cares? Well, I thought it may be of interest to those... Read More

How can I maintain the presence of God through the work day?

August 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Practicing Presence, Prayer

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Dear Father John, What tips would you offer to a person seeking to maintain the presence of God throughout the work day? First, take a look at the treatment we gave this issue in the post on “Prayer – Practicing his Presence.” But since the observations we made there apply to every vocation and life-stage (parent, student, professional, home-maker…), addressing the work place specifically... Read More

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