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What is God’s Will? Part II of II: His Permissive Will

February 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will, The Cross

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What is God’s Will? Part II of II: His Permissive Will Taking Up the Cross Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at God’s indicative will.  Today we will examine God’s permissive will. Here is the question we are studying: Dear Father John, Since I came back to the Church, I recognize my mistakes in following God’s will for me.  Now, I want nothing more than to do His... Read More

What is God’s Will? Part I of II: His Indicative Will

January 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

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What is God’s Will? Part I of II: His Indicative Will Hungering for God’s Will Dear Father John, Since I came back to the Church, I recognize my mistakes in following God’s will for me.  Now, I want nothing more than to do His will.  But, I’m not really sure what it is.  How do I know what is God’s will for me? JESUS IS THE center of every authentically Christian life.... Read More

What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? (Part II of II)

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What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? Part II of II Editor’s Note:  In part I, we began to look at what type of spiritual allies we should have: we talked about the Christian identification card and the first two forms of fellowship.  Today, we will examine the role of faith-based friendships and the benefits of spiritual direction.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father... Read More

What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? (Part I of II)

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What Kind of Spiritual Allies Should We Have? Part I of II Dear Father John, I’m interested in knowing what kind of people will help me grow closer to God, not just priests, but all sorts of people.  What kind of spiritual allies should we have? ALTHOUGH EACH ONE of us has a personal relationship with God, that relationship takes root and grows within a larger network of relationships within... Read More

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

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

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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

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

December 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Virtue

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How Can I Grow in Virtue? Part I of II Dear Father John, I am trying to be a better person but I need a little help.  I know virtues are important, but I don’t know how to get better at them.  How can I become more virtuous?  Growth in virtue requires exercising virtue. It sounds so simple. And it is. Human nature is made this way. When we nourish and use the powers of our soul properly,... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

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How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I’ve grown spiritually, I don’t read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don’t seem as interesting, and two, they don’t seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds... Read More

What Exactly Are Virtues?

November 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Virtue

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What Exactly Are Virtues? AS HUMAN BEINGS in the world of time and space, we have to interact constantly with three basic realities: 1) things that cause or promise to cause pleasure; 2) things that cause or threaten to cause pain or harm; and 3) other persons. Our passions tend to react automatically to pleasures and pains…If we form the habit of making our decisions and taking action based... Read More

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil (Part II of II)

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Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part II of II Editor’s Note:  In part I, we looked at the first strategy of the devil in the spiritual struggle: corrupting the heart.  Today, we will examine the second and third strategies: turning aside the will and getting us to give up.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from,... Read More

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil (Part I of II)

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Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part I of II Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one thing or another.  I would like to arm myself as much as possible against this spiritual darkness.  Would you help me understand attacks of the devil? SECULAR ATHEISTS CAN develop strong willpower and natural prudence,  and they can put them to work in the service of impressive... Read More

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