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Mortification and Spiritual Progress – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Dan and Melissa explore mortification, its meaning, and purpose. Topics: What is mortification? Voluntary actions by which we gradually put to death all of our vices, sinful habits and self-centered tendencies that lurk beneath them.  The purpose of mortification and self-renunciation is about cleaning up “the garden of the soul” as many saints describe it. We must not only uproot sin but fill... Read More

Is it selfish to deny help to family or friends? Part II of II

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self Denial

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Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God... Read More

Is it selfish to deny help to family or friends? Part I of II

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self Denial

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Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God... Read More

Mortification & Lent: What is mortification?

March 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Mortification

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Dear Father John, what is mortification and how does it relate to Lent? What does Saint Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9 where he says, “I pummel my body and subdue it…” Is he talking about “mortification”? The root word for “mortification” comes from the Latin, mors and mortis, and it translates as “death.” In the spiritual life, therefore, mortification refers to... Read More

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