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Understanding Dreams

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Understanding Dreams   Dear Father John, I have a question and seeking an explanation. If any I’m a recovering addict and have spiritually renewed myself. Gave myself to God and my chains have been broken. Since then I have had two dreams or nightmares (if that’s what you call them) but they were both battling and fighting demons. The first dream I awoke feeling scared and a little... Read More

How to Pray Honestly – Honesty with God

November 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Honesty, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

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How to Pray Honestly: Honesty with God   “Let’s be honest.” “I’ll be honest with you.” “Honestly…” “Honest to goodness.”   These are all phrases we’ve either heard or spoken numerous times. As children, we were taught that telling the truth is the right thing to do. And yet how many of us got into trouble – or maybe even still do! – for lying? But what does honesty... Read More

Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director

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Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director Dear Rev. Bartunek, I was provided your email address from Catholic Spiritual Direction upon request. I was hoping you might write an article on the following question. I am in the process of looking for a new spiritual director. While meeting with a prospective director the priest explained that he approaches direction from a “contemplative” approach... Read More

Changing Spiritual Directors

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 Changing Spiritual Directors   Dear Fr. Bartunek, Thank you for your post. This is the first time I have ever commented, but your topic is just too much of a coincidence to ignore. I have had the same spiritual director since 2013. He is the pastor of a large parish and school and is very busy. There is another pastor whose spirituality I greatly admire, that I hoped I could ask to be my spiritual... Read More

Spiritual Direction and Confession

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Spiritual Direction and Confession   Dear Father John, While I agree in consistency in spiritual direction, I would like to hear your “take” on spiritual direction and its connections to Confession. I do have a spiritual director I see once a month, but a confessor I see weekly. There are aspects of reconciliation that are spiritual direction, and I’ve shared some of those with... Read More

Having Too Many Spiritual Directors

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HAVING TOO MANY SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS   Dear Father John, I recently read something about having too many spiritual directors. Is there such a thing? How many is too many? Is it OK to have more than one? It depends on what you mean by “spiritual director.” Strictly speaking, spiritual direction is an ongoing relationship in which the spiritual director serves as a special guide and companion... Read More

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord

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End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord   As a priest, people often talk to me about their lives and their problems.  Inevitably, I ask them how their relationship with God is.  I can usually tell from their response if they have a long-distance relationship with the Lord.  The language they use reveals that a deep, personal friendship with God is somewhat of a foreign concept. ... Read More

Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves

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Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves*   Editor’s Note: Last Friday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The featured post that day “Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus” reflected on Christ’s command to learn from Him and His meek and humble heart. Along that line, this selection from The Imitation of Christ considers the type of... Read More

Spiritual Direction Did Not Work for Me – Now What?

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Spiritual Direction did Not Work for Me – Now What?   Dear Father John, Two years ago I began “spiritual direction” with a highly educated, sympathetic and easy to talk to, intelligent, [director] but apparently not quite orthodox and not very well experienced or educated in spiritual direction. I come from the “Latin Mass tradition” of the FSSP-whom I hope you do... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always – An Exhortation by St Augustine

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Rejoice in the Lord Always! *   The Apostle tells us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture, will be reckoned an enemy of God [cf James 4:4]. As a man cannot serve two masters, so one cannot rejoice both in the world and in the Lord. Let joy in the Lord prevail, then, until joy in the world is no more. Let joy in the Lord go... Read More

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