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Emotions in a Fallen World (Part II of II)

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Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at the variability of emotions, today we’ll get to the heart of the issue at hand: why we have emotions. We’ll also talk about the unruliness of emotions. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Father John, my very emotional nature often gets me in trouble. Why do we have emotions in the first place? What’s the purpose of them? The Purpose... Read More

Emotions in a Fallen World (Part I of II)

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Dear Father John, my very emotional nature often gets me in trouble. Why do we have emotions in the first place? What’s the purpose of them? THE NINE BASIC emotions are just the raw material for this complex, powerful, and intriguing dimension of the human soul, the dimension of our feelings. The varied reality of day-to-day experience rarely stirs up any single one of them with perfect purity... Read More

Understanding Emotions (Part II of II)

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Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined the gift that the emotions are and the categories of emotions. Today we will look at the nine most basic emotions and an example of emotion in action. Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John, I’m not usually an emotional person. But sometimes, I can get very angry. And, sometimes I am so moved by something at Mass, it brings me to... Read More

Understanding Emotions (Part I of II)

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Dear Father John, I’m not usually an emotional person. But sometimes, I can get very angry. And, sometimes I am so moved by something at Mass, it brings me to tears. I know we are not supposed to be attached to things. It seems that the more attached I am to something or someone, the more emotional I get. So, are these emotions bad? Can you help me understand these things called emotions? JESUS... Read More

On the Importance of Salvation

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ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SALVATION “But we entreat you, brethren…that you do your own business.” cf 1 Thessalonians 4:10, 11 The business of eternal salvation is to us the most important of all business; but it is also the most neglected by Christians. They are diligent, and lose no time in seeking to gain a lawsuit or a situation of emolument. How many measures taken to attain these... Read More

How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part II of II)

February 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

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How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at the x-ray of a soul and the kinds of souls that plants and animals have. Today, we examine the problems with the philosophical distinction called a soul and how the soul is beloved of God. Herewith is the question we are examining: Dear Father John, Jesus talks about loving God with all one’s soul.... Read More

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