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Discernment of Spirits – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 24 Reflections

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Discernment of Spirits 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 24 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we determine if our crosses are the work of God or the work of the enemy? Dan and Melissa discuss discernment of spirits and St. Teresa’s spiritual advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God answer our prayers... Read More

You are Perfect, Really

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You Are Perfect, Really Though Christ tells us to “be perfect” (Matthew 5:48), we tend to think of perfection as an impossible, unrealistic standard. “Nobody’s perfect.” “She thinks she’s so perfect.” Perfect is ‘done’, ‘finished’, ‘no more work needed’, ‘as good as can be’. This causes confusion in our souls. Satan twists Christ’s own words within us until we aren’t... Read More

The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy

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Editor’s Note: Today, we are blessed to have Allison Ricciardi join our writing team. Allison is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a guest on the Mother Angelica Live and Abundant Life Shows on EWTN, as well as Johnnette Benkovic’s Women of Grace Show.   Please welcome her warmly! What is the difference between counseling and spiritual direction? When should someone pursue... Read More

Scrupulosity – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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Scrupulosity Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Scrupulosity – The habit of imagining sin where none exists, or grave sin where the matter is venial. To overcome scrupulosity, a person needs to be properly instructed in order to form a right conscience, and in extreme cases the only remedy is absolute obedience (for a time) to a prudent confessor.     This Spiritual Dictionary... Read More

Should I refrain from communion if I don’t remember when I last ate?

June 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Scrupulosity, Trent Beattie

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Dear Trent, we’re supposed to refrain from eating for an hour before Holy Communion, but I can never tell if it’s actually been an hour or not. A few times I’ve stayed in my pew because I wasn’t sure if it had been an hour since I last ate. What should I do? None of us, not even the priest offering the Mass himself, knows the exact moment when he will be receiving Holy Communion. If someone... Read More

I am always worrying that God is not happy with me…

May 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Scrupulosity, Trent Beattie

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Dear Trent, I’m always wondering if God is really pleased with me. I try to do my best in everything, but no matter what I do, there’s always a doubt that God might see something wrong with me. A good way to overcome this doubt is to stop looking for validation, because the very search for it tends to make one feel even worse. As long as you have surrendered yourself to God and are doing all the... Read More

I am struggling with scrupulosity, can I overcome this on my own?

May 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Scrupulosity, Trent Beattie

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Dear Trent, I tend to worry about trivial details, even to the point of being kept from participating in the sacraments. However, I want to work out the matter on my own because I’m afraid the priest I ask for help will be unable to do so because he won’t understand me. What do you think I should do? Thanks for your question on this central aspect of overcoming scrupulosity. It can be tempting... Read More

How can I begin to see God as a loving Father?

December 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I tend to have a perfectionist personality combined with the cross of scrupulosity.  My family of origin does love me but it wasn’t the best environment growing up so I really lack in understanding of a loving father figure hence having trouble seeing God as a loving and forgiving father.  I am pretty sure that I have made peace with my past and have forgiven those who have hurt... Read More

What if I have nothing to confess, should I still go to confession?

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Dear Father John, I recently heard someone mention the term “devotional confession.” I think this is what I need, but I am not sure what it really is. Is this the kind of confession we do when we are no longer living with habitual mortal or venial sins? Is this where we re-confess old sins to gain the benefit of the sacrament?  But if it is, isn’t that scrupulosity? Any guidance will be appreciated. Your... Read More

Bad thoughts sinful? How to handle & avoid unforgivable sin?

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Dear Father John, Thank you for your excellent series on scrupulosity. I have a question that relates to it, namely the occurrence of “bad thoughts” — thoughts that are negative, vile, or even blasphemous against any of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity or Our Lady herself. I understand that these may occur in cases of psychological imbalance, or gross immaturity, for which I... Read More

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