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In Search of God – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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In Search of God   Presence of God – I recollect myself in the interior sanctuary of my soul to seek God there, living in me by grace. MEDITATION “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21), Jesus taught us, and St. Teresa of Avila comments, “If a soul wishes to speak with its Father and enjoy His company, it does not have to go to heaven…. It needs no wings to go in search of Him but only to find a place where... Read More

Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

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Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner that not even God can forgive... Read More

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining of humility, and defend... Read More

How to Pray Honestly – Honesty with God

November 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Honesty, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

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How to Pray Honestly: Honesty with God   “Let’s be honest.” “I’ll be honest with you.” “Honestly…” “Honest to goodness.”   These are all phrases we’ve either heard or spoken numerous times. As children, we were taught that telling the truth is the right thing to do. And yet how many of us got into trouble – or maybe even still do! – for lying? But what does honesty with God have to do with... Read More

Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

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 Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the door to evil. Fr. Patrick (not his real name) a parish priest who has been a diocesan exorcist for 6 years, advises people to stay close... Read More

The Way of Union

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The Way of Union   Presence of God – Lord, give me light and strength to root out of my heart all that hinders me from being united to You. MEDITATION “God communicates Himself most to that soul that has progressed farthest in love: namely, that has its will in closest conformity with the will of God” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel II, 5,4). In ordinary life, true love is manifested in willingness to do... Read More

Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Finding a Director, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director Dear Rev. Bartunek, I was provided your email address from Catholic Spiritual Direction upon request. I was hoping you might write an article on the following question. I am in the process of looking for a new spiritual director. While meeting with a prospective director the priest explained that he approaches direction from a “contemplative” approach and explained this to me after... Read More

Obtaining Peace and Zeal for Growth in Grace

October 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Meditations, Spiritual Growth

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OF OBTAINING PEACE, AND OF ZEAL FOR GROWTH IN GRACE   1. We might enjoy much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of others, and things which appertain nothing to our charge. How can he abide long in peace, who thrusteth himself into the cares of others, who seeketh occasions abroad, who little or seldom cometh to himself? Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall enjoy much peace. 2. Why were... Read More

Changing Spiritual Directors

October 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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 Changing Spiritual Directors   Dear Fr. Bartunek, Thank you for your post. This is the first time I have ever commented, but your topic is just too much of a coincidence to ignore. I have had the same spiritual director since 2013. He is the pastor of a large parish and school and is very busy. There is another pastor whose spirituality I greatly admire, that I hoped I could ask to be my spiritual director, if the direction... Read More

A Frame of Mercy

October 3, 2016 by  
Filed under God's Love, Jo Flemings, Mercy, Relationship with Christ

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Editor’s Note: Today we introduce Jo Flemings to you as a writer on our site.  Please welcome her warmly and make her feel at home. A Frame of Mercy   I work part-time. I am a nanny, personal assistant, specialty chef, and girl-Friday for a young mother in an affluent neighborhood in my town. I love my boss, her family, and my job. When I started in this position a couple of years ago, I was in dire straits because... Read More

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