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The Saints, Confession and Hearing God’s Voice – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the saints, confession and hearing God's voice. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do some images of the saints include skulls? How does God speak to us? Should we expect Him to speak to us audibly or through life events? Why do we need to confess our sins to a priest? Resources for this week’s show: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic... Read More

Spiritual Direction and Confession

September 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction and Confession   Dear Father John, While I agree in consistency in spiritual direction, I would like to hear your “take” on spiritual direction and its connections to Confession. I do have a spiritual director I see once a month, but a confessor I see weekly. There are aspects of reconciliation that are spiritual direction, and I've shared some of those with my SD, who is also a priest, but... Read More

Receiving God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part II of III)

Receiving God's Mercy Mercy Mission (Part II of III) Today, we bring you part two of the “Mercy Mission” Father Michael Najim preached before Holy Week, which focuses on receiving and experiencing God's mercy. As a bonus, a beautiful Ignatian-style guided meditation is included as part of this talk as well. In part one, Father Najim reflected on What is Mercy? For part two of this “Mercy Mission”, Father... Read More

What if I Told You this New Year’s Resolution to Take Some Weight Off?

What if I Told You This New Year's Resolution to Take Some Weight Off? I live less than a mile from the most popular Fitness Center in Butte County here in Northern California – In Motion Fitness, and as the New Year is suddenly upon us, I am seeing that annual overflow of traffic that comes with everyone’s “New Year’s resolution”. Who has not made that January 1st commitment to shed the holiday pounds? What typically... Read More

From Sorrow to Joy: Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession

September 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Penance/Confession, Retreat Guides

FROM SORROW TO JOY: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, From Sorrow to Joy: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When the devil tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he directly contradicted something that God had told them. God had told them that eating the forbidden fruit would cause them to die. But the devil... Read More

Reconciliation

June 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Sacraments

RECONCILIATION Dear Father John, During the sacrament of reconciliation, they say that the priest is “in persona Christi”, meaning, if I understand correctly, that it is really Christ that is acting through him. If so, how come the priest cannot understand if I say my sins in my own language that he doesn't know? Surely Christ knows every language, since prayers are translated. Thank you for your interesting and astute... Read More

Help with Spiritual Direction – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 12 Reflections

Help with Spiritual Direction 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 12 Reflections Why does St. Teresa feel relief when all her faults are exposed? Dan and Melissa help us to get the most help with spiritual direction from the example of St. Teresa. Reflections on her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are some signs of a healthy spiritual life? Are you concerned about what... Read More

Penance

Penance Presence of God – O Jesus, You who are ever seeking the prodigal son, despise not my contrite and humble heart, but purify it in Your precious Blood. MEDITATION Grace, which has been given to us so abundantly in Baptism and Confirmation, has of itself the infallible power to sanctify. It does not force us, however, to do good nor does it sanctify us without our voluntary cooperation. Man always remains free to cooperate... Read More

What is the difference between confession and spiritual direction?

Dear Father John, what is the difference between confession and spiritual direction? Confession and spiritual direction are like partially overlapping circles: they share some common characteristics, but their centers, their essences, are distinct. The Distinction of Confession The essence of confession is the sacramental grace that Christ gives to our soul through the ministry of his priest. When we open our hearts to him through... Read More

Penance – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one's own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior... Read More

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