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How Can I Grow in Virtue? (Part II of II)

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Virtue


How Can I Grow in Virtue? Part II of II Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we examined how we grow in virtue, how the virtues grow together and what constitutes the primary spiritual workout that helps us grow in the virtue we seek.  Today, we will look at how much we should pray throughout the day and throughout the rest of our lives. Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John, I am... Read More

The One Thing Needed: A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary

August 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides


One of the most memorable scenes from the Gospel of Luke takes place in Bethany, when Jesus and his Twelve Apostles visit the home of Martha and Mary. In just a few verses, St. Luke paints a picture that we can all identify with. He shows Martha worried and working hard to entertain the guests and make sure the dinner (and everything) comes out just right. She wants everything to be perfect, and she... Read More

Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guides


Fire and Thorns A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Pope Benedict XVI called devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “irreplaceably important.” Pope Pius XI called it “the very epitome of our religion.” Why is this devotion so central? And if it is, how are we supposed to tap into it and live it to the full? That’s what this month’s Retreat Guide, Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide... Read More

Unleashing the Power of Pentecost

May 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Retreat Guides

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Unleashing the Power of Pentecost With Pentecost, a new liturgical season will begin. Every new liturgical season is a spiritual fresh start, a spiritual clean slate. God is already getting ready for it – preparing the graces he wants to give you and the work he wants you to accomplish for his Kingdom. Are you getting ready? This month’s Retreat Guide, Unleashing the Power of Pentecost: A Retreat... Read More

How can I effectively prepare for a retreat?

June 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Exercises


Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction, I am going to a silent retreat soon. I know that I really need this and I really want to deepen my relationship with Christ. Is there anything in particular I can do to effectively prepare? Dear Friend, this is a difficult question to answer without knowing some details about your spiritual life but we will give it a shot. First, a great deal of the benefit of spiritual... Read More

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