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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2 Dan and Melissa discuss the second rule of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Discernment of Spirits, focusing on movement toward God and recognizing the effect of the enemy on our spiritual progress. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Discernment of Spirits – Rule 2: “In persons who are going on intensely purifying their sins and rising from good to better... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Distractions in Prayer & Methods of Prayer

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Distractions in Prayer and Methods of Prayer Finding God through Meditation Reflections     How can we overcome distractions in prayer? How do we recognize transitions in our prayer lives, and how should we respond to them? What methods of prayer can be helpful? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions... Read More

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, In my daily prayer, I cannot help but feel myself torn between two emotions. One is the heartfelt desire to trust Jesus totally as I know he is present with me. The other is a human fear about the rise of demonic extremist Islam and the decline of our Judeo-Christian culture. I want to experience peace but so... Read More

Embracing Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 30 – Part 1

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Embracing Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa expresses joy when she learns of the persecution and suffering of the nuns of Seville and Fr. Gracian. Learn when and how to embrace suffering. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, with particular emphasis on embracing suffering. Topics/Questions... Read More

Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers! Bless Our Priests!

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Editor’s Note: To our heavenly Father and our earthly fathers: Dads, Grandpas, Godfathers, Foster Fathers and Stepfathers a very Happy Father’s Day…and a special Father’s Day greeting to all our priests, all our spiritual fathers, from all of us here at spiritualdirection.com.  We offer you this beautiful reflection from the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los... Read More

Recurring Nightmares; Spiritual Attacks

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RECURRING NIGHTMARES/SPIRITUAL ATTACKS Dear Father John, When I was a child I used to have recurrent nightmares about snakes, rats, wild dogs and the feeling of choking myself. A priest came home and told my family to pray every night before sleeping, and that it would hopefully help me. It worked. And now that I’ve read this article I’m more convinced of what happened to me. It really freaked... Read More

A mother’s plea: Why does God delay answering my prayers? II of II

August 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

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Dear Father John, two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years, fortunately both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose someone else. The emotional roller-coaster is brutal. My prayer... Read More

A mother’s plea: Why does God delay answering my prayers? I of II

July 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

Duerer-Prayer

Dear Father John, two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years, fortunately both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose someone else. The emotional roller-coaster is brutal. My prayer... Read More

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