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Your State in Life: Key to Freedom and Peace

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Your State in Life: Key to Freedom and Peace   We’re living in a time when we’ve been told we can do anything we want. Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. Now that’s not a point I would argue. Most of us are capable of much greater things than we generally attempt. Few really live up to their potential. But of those who strive and stretch to do whatever they can do, even... Read More

Mother of a Seminarian

October 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Jo Flemings, Mary, Motherhood, Religious Life, Vocations

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Mother of a Seminarian I am not usually a girl’s girl. I have always faced something of a challenge in developing closer relationships with women. So, it is not much of a surprise that when I converted to Catholicism I found it harder to identify with Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, a few years into my conversion experience, about fourteen years ago, actually, God began answering my prayers about... Read More

What Path is God Calling Me To?

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What Path is God Calling Me To? Dear Father John, How do I know what path of life God is calling me to? WHEN AN APPLE tree is mature, when its roots are firmly, deeply grounded in good soil with plenty of water, when its trunk is strong and healthy and protected by sturdy bark, when its branches are smooth and supple and covered with wide green leaves that drink in the sunlight, it blossoms and bears... Read More

Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers! Bless Our Priests!

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Editor’s Note: To our heavenly Father and our earthly fathers: Dads, Grandpas, Godfathers, Foster Fathers and Stepfathers a very Happy Father’s Day…and a special Father’s Day greeting to all our priests, all our spiritual fathers, from all of us here at spiritualdirection.com.  We offer you this beautiful reflection from the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los... Read More

Why We Need Lourdes

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Healing, Marriage, Mary, Pilgrimage

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Why do we need Lourdes? Of all of the Marian shrines in the world, Notre Dame de Lourdes in France is most associated with healing. Bernadette Soubirous and the Lady On February 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous went to Massabielle on the banks of the river and saw a lady dressed in white in a grotto. She saw her a few more times before the lady asked her to return every night for a fortnight,... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God — O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (II of II)

November 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Religious Life, Vocations

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Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I’m aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated:... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (I of II)

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Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I’m aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated:... Read More

Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference?

September 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Vocations

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Sister or Nun: What’s the Difference? “Sister Timothy, are you a nun?” Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun? My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday sense people have no hesitation about identifying me as a Catholic nun. Yet,... Read More

A Suitable Sign…Getting to Know Saint Therese

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When I was first introduced to Saint Thérèse as a young adult, I did not like her. She seemed to be enshrined in such a cloud of saccharine sweetness, scattering roses of every shade with each step, that I was positive that she and I would never be friends. I didn’t mind if others wanted to pray her novenas and I rejoiced with friends who received a rose from her but none of that for me, thank... Read More

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