SpiritualDirection.com / Catholic Spiritual Direction

Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

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

jobrebukedbyhisfriendsbuttssetcrop

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

How Your Suffering Can Help Make the World a Better, Kinder Place

November 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Book Club for Feature Image (for "set feature image") 600x334.jpg

How Your Suffering can Make the World a Better, Kinder Place   Beautiful Mercy (Week 4 of 5) Nothing makes us more effective ministers of comfort than having suffered ourselves. Not one of your tears of pain will be wasted if you allow them to be redeemed in the life of another. God can use every ounce of what you have been through to make this world a better, kinder place. “Beautiful... Read More

The Gift of Redemptive Suffering

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Suffering, Vicki Burbach

Book Club for Feature Image (for "set feature image") 600x334.jpg

Life of Christ (Week 26 of 27) After the Ascension these scars would become as oratorical mouths of intercession before the Heavenly Father; scars that He would bear on the last day to judge the living and the dead. In an old legend it is said that Satan appeared to a saint and said: “I am the Christ”; the saint confounded him by asking: “Where are the marks of nails?” – Life of Christ... Read More

Looking Past this Vale of Tears

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Book Club for Feature Image (for "set feature image") 600x334.jpg

Life of Christ (Week 24 of 27) As the physical Body of Christ had external wounds, bruises, and scars, and yet the inner structure was left untouched, so there seemed to be a foretelling that though His Mystical Body, the Church, would have its moral wounds and scars of scandals and disloyalties, nevertheless, not a bone of its body would ever be broken. — (Life of Christ, Chapter 52, Paragraph... Read More

Love of the Cross

September 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Suffering, The Cross

DetailExaltationOfTheHolyCrossIndianaCrop

LOVE OF THE CROSS From a Meditation by St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   “We hear repeatedly that St. John of the Cross desired nothing for himself but to suffer and be despised. We want to know the reason for this love of suffering. Is it merely the loving remembrance of the path of suffering of our Lord on earth, a tender impulse to be humanly... Read More

Obstacles or Opportunities? When Life Throws Curves, Drink from the “Cup”

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Book Club for Feature Image (for "set feature image") 600x334.jpg

Life of Christ (Week 20 of 27) Looking beyond all secondary causes, such as Pilate and Annas, the Romans and the Jews, Our Lord saw not enemies to be defeated by a sword, but a cup offered by His Father. Love was the motive and spring of His Sacrifice… — Life of Christ, Chapter 42, Paragraph 5 The above quote perfectly encapsulates everything I have felt when reading the diary of Elisabeth Leseur.... Read More

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross

StHelenaTrueCrossWeyersheimStMichel56crop

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made to consider the relevance of August 18, if any, to my dissertation topic on poverty and the new evangelization... Read More

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits

Divine Intimacy Radio New Feature Image 600x334.jpg

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

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II)

TheFirstAndLastCommunionCristobalRojas08aCrop

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: In part one, we talked about the suffering of innocents and whether or not it is possible to win all arguments. Today, we will look reflect on the sacredness of human life and the meaning in suffering. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II)

TheSickChildMunchDetSykeBarn1896crop

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

Next Page »

  • Articles You Might Like

    33219152 - red stamp - we need your help We NEED You!
    A remarkable year in which we have been very blessed ... and yet, we still need you!Read More
Skip to toolbar