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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


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


 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


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

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,... Read More

Having Too Many Spiritual Directors

August 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Perspective, Spiritual Direction

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HAVING TOO MANY SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS   Dear Father John, I recently read something about having too many spiritual directors. Is there such a thing? How many is too many? Is it OK to have more than one? It depends on what you mean by “spiritual director.” Strictly speaking, spiritual direction is an ongoing relationship in which the spiritual director serves as a special guide and companion as we continually strive to discover... Read More

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord


End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord   As a priest, people often talk to me about their lives and their problems.  Inevitably, I ask them how their relationship with God is.  I can usually tell from their response if they have a long-distance relationship with the Lord.  The language they use reveals that a deep, personal friendship with God is somewhat of a foreign concept.  For example, they’ll say, “Well,... Read More

Diligence – Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Diligence   Presence of God – O God, make me diligent in Your service, diligent and prompt in every duty! MEDITATION A prudent man is also diligent; he carefully examines and selects the means best suited to his sanctification, and diligently makes use of them. “He hath done all things well,” St. Mark said of Jesus (Mark 7:37). Speaking absolutely, such praise belongs only to Jesus, whose care and diligence in accomplishing... Read More

Ignatian Spirituality Series


Ignatian Spirituality Series Dear Friends, Although our site heavily favors Carmelite spirituality, this is not to say that Ignatian spirituality is to be discounted.  In fact, the Discernment of Spirits, which Saint Ignatius of Loyola — the founder of the Jesuits — developed, is an excellent tool for discernment, spiritual direction, and other such endeavors. Ignatian spirituality is also famous for its guided meditations... Read More

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