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Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer

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Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing... Read More

Surviving Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28 – Part 2

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Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa’s letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition... Read More

Joy in Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28, Part 1

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Joy in Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In the midst of her own suffering, St. Teresa “lifts the eyes” of Doña Maria de Mendoza who is experiencing trials. St. Teresa consoles her friend by helping her to understand God’s role in her suffering. Dan and Melissa discuss joy in suffering, suffering, emotions, and acts of the will... Read More

On the Importance of Salvation

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ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SALVATION “But we entreat you, brethren…that you do your own business.” cf 1 Thessalonians 4:10, 11 The business of eternal salvation is to us the most important of all business; but it is also the most neglected by Christians. They are diligent, and lose no time in seeking to gain a lawsuit or a situation of emolument. How many measures taken to attain these... Read More

What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”

July 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, what does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”  I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc) and go to mass regularly, however, I don’t know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not. Let’s start answering your question with a question:... Read More

Detachment – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Detachment, Spiritual Dictionary

DETACHMENT: In asceticism the withholding of undue affection for creatures for the sake of the Creator. When mortal sin is involved, detachment is imperative for salvation. Detachment from creatures that are an obstacle to complete service of God is a normal condition for growth in holiness. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life... Read More

In my spiritual life, how much is up to me?

October 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness, Spiritual Life

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Dear Father John, I am confused. I keep reading in spiritual books about how, in the spiritual life, everything is up to God. That God is the one who makes us holy, that we just have to let go and let God. But when I read the New Testament, I keep finding spiritual to-do lists. So, which is it? Is it up to God to make me holy, or is it up to me to make me holy? The typical answer to this honest and... Read More

Can non-Christians go to heaven? What does the Church say?

March 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Salvation

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Dear Father John, I am confused. Jesus said he is the way the truth and the light, but the Church has moved away from believing salvation lies only in the Church. Even learned people in the Church (my Spiritual Director included) now say that God is bigger than we can comprehend so we need to be open to the possibility that God is calling even those outside the Church. It makes the line very gray as... Read More

Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part III of III

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Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of our series on plenary indulgences. You can find the previous installment in our series here. Based on your feedback and further consideration on the initial question, I thought I should share a few more thoughts on this topic. The Days of Our Indulgences I want to start with two clarifications. First of all, one reader referred to the older practice of... Read More

Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part I of III

September 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Salvation, Sin

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Dear Father John, please explain plenary indulgences. If one confession fulfills the requirement of plenary indulgences 8 days before and 8 days after, it seems to me that if someone went to Communion everyday, prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father everyday and prayed the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament everyday, that she could release 17 souls from purgatory in 17 days. Is that right? Aside... Read More

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