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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

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

Finding God through Meditation – Starting a Prayer Routine

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Starting a Prayer Routine Want to start a new prayer routine? Dan and Melissa answer a listener’s question on starting a prayer routine. Join them as they offer suggestions on developing a prayer habit and reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can I begin a new prayer life if I’ve never successfully... Read More

My Director Hasn’t Seen Me – I Need His Counsel: What Now?

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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My Spiritual Director Hasn’t Seen Me ~ I Need His Counsel: What Now?   Dear Father John, My spiritual director is also my parish priest. I have been seeing him for several years. I have been very displeased with how things have been going lately. In his defense he has made it clear that most parish priests don’t take on spiritual directees because they don’t have a lot of time... Read More

Are you called to be a Spiritual Director or Spiritual Mentor?

November 13, 2014 by  
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Are you called to help others grow in their spiritual life but don’t feel like you have the necessary formation? Over the past several years I have had the distinct pleasure of observing the spiritual mentorship training provided by the Apostles of the Interior Life and the School of Faith under the leadership of Archbishop Naumann in Kansas City, Kansas. Frankly, although I have been a supporter... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 5 of 5

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The long awaited 5th part of “Women of Grace” series Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You with Dan Burke and Johnnette Benkovic is now available. In the final part of the series, Dan delves into how a person’s spiritual progress relates to whether you run from your suffering or embrace it, what Spiritual Direction is and the relationship between a Spiritual Director... Read More

I Can’t Find a Spiritual Director Loyal to the Magisterium

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I Can’t Find a Spiritual Director Loyal to the Magiesterium Dear Fr. John, I have read Dan’s book, Navigating the Interior Life, and have diligently followed all of his suggestions for how to find a spiritual director. Frankly, I am frustrated to tears writing this to you. I have not found a director who actually believes the teachings of the Church. In fact, I have met with several priests... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 7 – Saint John of the Cross

January 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Sayings of Light and Love Number 7 from Saint John of the Cross Sayings of Light and Love Number 7 from Saint John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, Mystical Doctor: The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master (a spiritual director) is like a burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter. John of the Cross – New Advent Link More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #5

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Sayings of Light and Love #5 Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide (spiritual director) will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor (caregiver and protector). No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. Note: The notes in the parentheses above are translation helps for the reader. St. John wrote these... Read More

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