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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

Having Too Many Spiritual Directors

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

Priest Priests Celebrating Mass

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

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement


Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don’t bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel, where we read the familiar... Read More

But What if I Don’t Feel Like It?

July 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction


But . . . What If I Don’t Feel Like It?   Dear Father John, How can I overcome my feelings of not wanting to evangelize, especially when there are some people I don’t want to even be around? SOMETIMES KINDNESS OVERFLOWS effortlessly from a warm and affectionate heart. At other times that same heart feels cold and antagonistic, and even the possibility of kindness is crowded back into a hidden corner of the soul. What’s... Read More

Climbing the Mountain


Climbing the Mountain “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord…” Isaiah 2:3 “Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.” Matthew 15:29-30 Was Jesus being insensitive?  I mean, not only... Read More

Spiritual Direction Did Not Work for Me – Now What?


Spiritual Direction did Not Work for Me – Now What?   Dear Father John, Two years ago I began “spiritual direction” with a highly educated, sympathetic and easy to talk to, intelligent, [director] but apparently not quite orthodox and not very well experienced or educated in spiritual direction. I come from the “Latin Mass tradition” of the FSSP-whom I hope you do not automatically reject as “fanatics”,... Read More

Change Your Phrasing


Change Your Phrasing   Sometimes a change in the way your thoughts are worded can help give you new perspective. Two examples are “I cannot,” and “I must.” I suggest you change them to “I can,” and “I am free to.” Can You? What is it that you cannot do? Speak French? Find time to draw? Sing? Understand chemistry? Get out of a wheelchair? List all the things you wish you could do, but can’t. Now rewrite each... Read More

How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?


How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?   Fr John, if one is a married man with family to support, how can he truly love the Lord with ALL of his strength, when what bugs him most is raising his family? Is taking full care of the home reason enough to decline service in the parish or some religious organization where there certainly would be an equal demand for his time? This is a great question. The... Read More

The Gift of Pain

January 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction, Suffering


The Gift of Pain   I’ve learned many lessons in my short life, but one thing is for sure: we all know what it’s like to experience pain. Life can be difficult at times, and pain can come to us in different ways: physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological. You’ve probably experienced pain in your life. Maybe you’re in pain right now. Maybe you’re in the pain of depression or the pain of feeling that your... Read More

Gay Son Wants Gay “Marriage”: How to Respond?

December 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek


Gay Son Wants Gay “Marriage” How to Respond? Dear Father John, Sorry to keep bothering you but in light of the new ruling allowing gay “marriage” throughout our nation I was wondering, how are we as faithful Catholics to respond to this? How should we feel? My oldest son is gay and he’s very passionate about this new law and I don’t know how to respond to him. I don’t want to turn him off to God... Read More

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