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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

Ignatian Conscience Exam on Faith, Hope & Love

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If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of St. Ignatius’ treatment of what he calls the particular examination of conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide, “Some Notes on Scruples.” It... 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

Understanding and overcoming scrupulosity – Part II of II

July 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Scrupulosity

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Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at how sin matters and factors of personality, temptation and turmoil that play a part in scrupulosity. Dear Father John, I seem to be struggling with scrupulosity. However, when I read St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, they exhort that any small sin or attachment can keep us from union with God. How do I know if I am scrupulous or just sensitive... Read More

Understanding and overcoming scrupulosity – Part I of II

July 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Scrupulosity, Sin

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Dear Father John, I seem to be struggling with scrupulosity.  However, when I read St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, they exhort that any small sin or attachment can keep us from union with God.  How do I know if I am scrupulous or just sensitive to sin?  How do I avoid taking sin too lightly?  If I am scrupulous, how do I overcome it? First thing: if you are sincerely concerned about... Read More

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