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God’s Desire for Us – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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God’s Desire for Us   Description: Dan and Melissa explore the reality of God’s desire for us in a deep, lasting relationship with each individual soul. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to say that God “thirsts” for us? How is this reality possible? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that God seeks to meet us at the well, longing to... Read More

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

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Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps Interview with Gary Zimak   While interviewing Gary Zimak about his new book, “Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps”, I found a fascinating backstory of how a conversion experience propelled him into a career as a full-time Catholic evangelist. Nancy: How did God guide you into a career as a Catholic evangelist... Read More

The Victory of Surrender – Part II of II

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The Victory of Surrender Part II of II   Christianity is full of paradoxes: “If you want to find yourself, you have to lose yourself . . . . The last will be first and the first will be last . . . .The greatest of all is the servant of all. . . .” The most important victory we can “win” for ourselves and our families is when we truly surrender to the will of God. There isn’t enough... Read More

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life

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Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life My father was the first son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college but with hard work and tough lessons, he was able to retire by the age of 45. I learned a lot from him growing up. One principle that he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” He taught me to be scrappy in life and this scrappiness has also translated... Read More

Away with Spiritual Envy!

July 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Envy, Humility, Trust in God

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Away with spiritual envy! It’s so easy to be influenced by the attitudes of the culture. We fight against a utilitarian attitude when we fight assisted suicide and euthanasia. We know that being is more important than doing. Yet, in our own lives, we often feel unworthy when we see all our weaknesses. Spiritual envy and despair are twin sisters. One says, “It’s not fair! I don’t... Read More

Spiritual Warfare: Tonic Soup & Near Collision

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Spiritual Warfare: Tonic Soup and a Near Collision In the classic struggle between good and evil, the Genesis account of Joseph and his brothers shows how God’s power far surpasses Satan’s. Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery, yet that’s how their tribe was able to survive the famine. When God saved the family from starvation and reunited them, Joseph told his brothers, “Even... Read More

I’m Not Sure I Trust God Anymore. Can You Help?

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Fr. Bartunek, Trust in God

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Editor’s Note: This is another excerpt from Father John Bartunek’s new book “Seeking First the Kingdom” filled with “practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life”. My kids have had so many problems in their adult lives that I’m not sure God is watching over them and helping them. I’m not so sure I trust God anymore.... Read More

Pope Francis and Experiential Anxiety

November 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

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Life, As I Find It My friend Anne called in a state of great agitation about her husband Jack. They had been arguing, she explained, and now she hoped I might talk to her husband before he succumbed to despair. I was alarmed. I wasn’t sure how I could be of help – I’m not a counselor, nor particularly smart – but said I’d try. What was the argument about? Pope Francis had given yet... Read More

Which saints suffered from temptations and evil thoughts?

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Saints, Temptations

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Dear Father John, lately I have been experiencing an issue in relation to certain lines in certain prayers. I know that I heard a song blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. It was not something I expected when I heard the song. This was a while ago but now I have thoughts about God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Mary. This happens even in church or while praying the Rosary. I ask God to not... Read More

How can actions & sufferings make God loved across the seas?

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Dear Father John, in St. Thérèse’s poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My... Read More

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