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Spiritual Battle and the Contest of Faith

April 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Faith, Spiritual Warfare

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Spiritual Battle and the Contest of Faith*   As we do battle and fight in the contest of faith, God, his angels and Christ himself watch us! How exalted is the glory, how great the joy of engaging in a contest with God presiding, of receiving a crown with Christ as judge. Dear brethren, let us arm ourselves with all our might, let us prepare ourselves for the struggle by innocence of heart, integrity of faith, dedication... Read More

The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith

March 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Easter, Faith, Resurrection

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The Risen Lord and the Gift of Faith To believe that the Lord is Risen is to believe that He is present in a radical and wonderful way. His powerful presence is accessible only by faith — this is because He has ascended into heaven. Such is the substance of our hope. When we cleave to Him by faith, because His presence is real and personal, He raises us up with Him. When Mary Magdalene calls out to the Risen Lord, He... Read More

Confessions of a “Say the Black Do the Red” Catholic

October 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Conversion, Dan Burke, Faith

Confessions of a -Say the Black, Do the Red Catholic- - SpiritualDirection.com

It is hard to extend mercy when one is not intimately familiar with one’s own failures. Most don’t realize that the Pharisees were stalwart orthodox. They were deeply committed to their faith. However, they had strayed interiorly. Their faith was one of external adherence and they thought that this was the entirety of the life in God. Jesus’ rebukes of this problem were not new and were echoed throughout the Old Testament. I... Read More

How Does One Persevere in Faith?

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Perseverance, Spiritual Direction

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How Does One Persevere in Faith? Dear Father John, I have returned to the Church after many years of not attending, but I was never away in my heart.  I was very enthusiastic when I came back and I’m faithfully doing all the Church asks.  Sometimes, it feels like I am just going through the motions and I want to quit. How do I keep going? IT’S ONE THING to make good choices, to use our freedom to grow in love, as we are... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV)

June 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Dark Night, Faith

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV) When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. (Barbara Winter) It is foggy. The fog is so thick you could slice it. You step onto the plane and take your seat. The pilot taxis... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!

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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not lose heart. This is the great... Read More

My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do?

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Faith, Family Life, Fr. Bartunek

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My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do? Dear Father John, should it bother me when my 20 year old son goes to Mass but does not receive communion? And what should I do about it? It should concern you, but it should also fill you with healthy pride. It should bother you, because a choice not to receive Holy Communion means one of two things. First, it could mean that your son is having a crisis of faith in which... Read More

What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”

July 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, what does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”  I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc) and go to mass regularly, however, I don’t know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not. Let’s start answering your question with a question: When you “pray and go to Mass... Read More

The Penalty of Faith

September 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Faith, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It Inasmuch as my life is still consumed with projects related to C.S. Lewis, I’ve been thinking about a little-known aspect of his life: the penalty he paid for being an outspoken Christian. In the 1940’s, while Lewis became a best-selling author, lecturer and broadcaster, his co-workers at Oxford University were not pleased. For them, Lewis had broken an unwritten code by talking publicly about his faith.... Read More

How do I Share my Faith when I am Naturally Shy? (Part II of II)

August 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Faith, Fr. Bartunek

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…a reader asks: Dear Father John, With the social media we have today (Facebook, etc.), why do I feel hesitant to share God’s messages such as scripture, prayers, testimonies, etc. due to a concern of “negative ramifications.” Although there are few times I am moved by the Spirit to share without a concern, I am mainly too shy to share; when I do share I can’t help feeling my efforts were done in vain as if expecting... Read More

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