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Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

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Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner... Read More

Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope, Pride, and Too Much Familiarity

August 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Sin, Virtue

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Of Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope and Pride, And Too Much Familiarity   OF INORDINATE AFFECTIONS 1. Fly the tumult of the world as much as thou canst; for the talk of worldly affairs is a great hindrance, although it be done with sincere intention; for we are quickly defiled, and enthralled by vanity. The man that is not perfectly dead to himself is quickly tempted and overcome in trifling... Read More

Does God Heal After Death?

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Does God Heal After Death?   People who do evil are sick…and, at death, God will heal them. In my last post, God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible, I related a conversation that I had recently. My friend had asserted that since God is all good He wouldn’t possibly send anyone to hell and eternal suffering. What bolstered his argument was this assertion: people who do evil are sick (i.e.... Read More

God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible

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God’s Not Mean So Hell’s Not Possible   I had a conversation recently with a good and intelligent person who began by saying he didn’t believe in hell or the devil. The upshot of it was this: that God is good and forgiving and would never condemn anyone to unending suffering. He just wouldn’t do that. That would be mean and God can’t be mean. What he expressed, on one hand, was actually... Read More

Despising all Vanities

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Despising all Vanities *   1. He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ, which teach us to imitate His life and manners, if we would be truly enlightened, and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let therefore our chief endeavour be to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ. 2. The teaching of Christ exceeds all the doctrines of holy men; and,... Read More

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits

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Introduction to Discernment of Spirits This week Dan and Melissa explore Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s techniques for tackling the negative thoughts and lies that enter into our minds and lead us away from God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to expel the negative thoughts, lies, and/or feelings of depression that enter into our minds? Reject the lies and negative thoughts... Read More

Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

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Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II)

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Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II) Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your wisdom with others. However, I have a big question regarding the idea that God permits some evil, and the suffering that comes from it, even the suffering of innocents. Recently, I had a discussion with my ob-gyn regarding assisted suicide, which is now legal... Read More

Easter and the Resurrection

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Easter and the Resurrection Easter is upon us! Rejoice in the triumph of Christ! On this edition of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa discuss Easter and the Resurrection: the glory of the Resurrection and the dramatic changes it brought about in the lives of Christ’s disciples. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The Apostles rejoiced when they were persecuted for the sake of Christ. Easter... Read More

Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ

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Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ Dan and Melissa strongly recommend watching The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday evening to more effectively meditate on the brutal reality that Our Lord entered into to redeem the world.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Having a visually realistic portrayal of the event of our Lord’s Passion and death to meditate upon. Mary’s role in the Passion... Read More

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