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Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You


Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I. I am the Lord your... Read More

Dan Burke At Home with Jim and Joy Pinto

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Dan Burke At Home with Jim and Joy Pinto   Today, we bring you a video treat from EWTN and Jim and Joy Pinto’s program “At Home with Jim and Joy”. In this episode, Jim and Joy interview Dan Burke, the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register, and founder of this site, and get him to briefly open up about his journey into the Catholic faith and talk about how the mystical tradition of the Church... Read More

A Personal Relationship with Jesus


A Personal Relationship with Jesus Dear Friends, a recent article in Homiletics and Pastoral Review (HPR) advanced a problematic perspective regarding how a Catholic should understand the idea that we must have a personal relationship with Jesus. I asked a scholar of St. John Paul II’s perspective on the topic, Dr. Carole Brown, and Ralph Martin who is a well-known scholar on the New Evangelization, to comment on the piece.... Read More

Catholic Focus: Guilt, Suffering & Living Only for Heaven? I of II

July 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Catholic Spirituality, Fr. Bartunek, Suffering


Dear Father John: I admit I am fairly new to the spiritual life. But God has been doing amazing things, and I really want to keep growing. But I keep getting stuck on one thing. I just don’t get that, as Catholics, we are meant to spend SO much time focused on suffering! Suffering and guilt…Didn’t Jesus bear the cross so we wouldn’t have to? When I am suffering, of course, I seek God, but in my heart, I still... Read More

Pilgrimage of Faith & Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope


I recently accompanied a group of pilgrims from the Tatra Mountains of Poland to Warsaw for the Year of Faith. Twenty years ago, the Pilgrim Pope came to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver and spent time in prayer in a retreat center, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  We decided that we would go to the mountains of Blessed John Paul II to pray and to thank God for the graces of those days and for his witness to the faith, a... Read More

The Solidarity of Christian Prayer

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Faith in Christ opens us to unconquerable ecclesial horizons even when love seems impossible and the world is falling apart around us.  It is about the solidarity we have in Christ. The solidarity that compels us to pray in terms of “we” and “our” instead of remaining on the level of “I” and “mine.” The faith we have in Christ opens to a new solidarity, a new peace that the tired... Read More

Saint Hildegard of Bingen on Receiving Holy Communion

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At the center of the spiritual life is the real presence of Christ Jesus given to us in the Eucharistic worship He instituted for our sake.  Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, reminds us of the proper disposition we must maintain throughout our worship.  It is a disposition of quaerere Deum, a reverent and intense seeking of God in love that takes us beyond the limit of what we can grasp by ourselves.  It is not... Read More

Theology and Contemplative Prayer


Contemplative Prayer and Theology Contemplation needs scientific theology and theologians need contemplation.  Historically, contemplatives who have presumed otherwise unwittingly submitted themselves and those they influenced to all kinds of demeaning irrationality. At the same time, whenever theologians believe they can conduct their investigations without prayer, their body of scholarship becomes less capable of building up... Read More

Saint Catherine of Siena – the Key of Obedience

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Saint Catherine of Siena spent her life encouraging a deeper obedience to God the Father.  Although the earthly life of this Doctor of the Church ended over six hundred years ago, her spiritual teaching has passed into the universal patrimony of the Church.  In particular, the personal relationship she enjoyed with the eternal Father through her faith in Christ crucified can help us reassess our own attitudes toward the Fatherhood... Read More

Pope Francis and the Pathway to Easter

March 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Catholic Spirituality, Conversion, Sin

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Pope Francis was just elected and we look forward to his message to the Universal Church in the coming days.  He is a man of deep prayer and a man of profound concern for the poor.  At the beginning of Lent, he made an impassioned plea to the clergy and religious of Argentina, “The Kingdom of God may need our hearts torn by the desire for conversion and for the love, the breaking forth of grace and the effective gesture... Read More

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