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Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index

Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index   Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index Dear Friends, To make it easier for you to find key posts on spiritual direction, we have updated our Spiritual Direction Posts and Series Index page. As well, we have ordered the posts in a way in keeping with the flow of topics. These posts cover topics such as how to find and select a spiritual director, how to find a director whose is faithful... Read More

Seeking & Approaching Spiritual Director: Meeting #1 (2/2)

December 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, The Process

Spiritual Directors

In our first post in this two part series we talked about the challenges and perspectives that can stifle our progress in taking the first step with a spiritual director. Now that you have prayed, read, and followed applicable advice, the next steps are easy. Don't worry that you are not an expert or that you might forget or fail to handle each aspect of this relationship perfectly. This is not the time for timidity or scrupulosity... Read More

Spiritual Direction: How Much Focus on Prayer vs Sin & Virtue?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, How much of a discussion in spiritual direction should focus on moral issues, such as habitual sin and possibly that of grave matter which may not necessarily be mortal sin? So much discussion here is only about how to pray well, making a program for life, finding a spiritual director and things of that nature. What about living life every day? It seems to me that talking to a spiritual director about lofty things... Read More

Make me worthy to understand: A Christmas prayer

December 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayers of Saints, Seasonal Meditations

“O my God! make me worthy to understand something of the mystery of the burning charity which is in You, which impelled you to effect the sublime act of the Incarnation! which brings to man, with the outpouring of love, the assurance of salvation. How ineffable is this charity! Truly there is no greater than this, that the Word was made flesh in order to make me like unto God! You became nothing in order to make me something;... Read More

Seeking & Approaching Spiritual Director: The Challenge (1/2)

December 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, The Process

Based on a good number of comments and poll responses over the past year, apprehension is a recurring obstacle to seeking spiritual direction. More than 500 of you have indicated that you desire, but are not yet in a spiritual direction relationship. All those who desire but do not yet have a spiritual director are in the same position – one of vulnerability. The following is an overview of common struggles and insights that... Read More

Where is Spiritual Direction in Scripture and Tradition?

December 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Where is Spiritual Direction in Scripture & Tradition? Dear Father John, Is the idea of spiritual direction found in scripture? What is the basis for spiritual direction in scripture and/or tradition? Do you remember when St. Paul had his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus? Taking a look at Paul’s own brief description of that happened will help us answer this question (Acts 22:6-10): “It happened that I was... Read More

The Source of our Joy…and a Prayer Request

December 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Joy

The Source of our Joy … and a Prayer Request! More than 200 hundred of you responded to our holiday poll regarding joy and sorrow. What is troubling me this morning is that 13 of our readers are feeling only sorrow. So, I thought that maybe you might have a word of encouragement for them. What, for you, is the “source of our joy” in this season? Have you suffered but still found the love of Christ in the midst... Read More

No spiritual director yet: How do I keep growing spiritually?

December 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, I cannot find a spiritual director in my area. I will keep looking and praying, but until I find someone, what do I need to do to ensure that I continue to grow spiritually? As you patiently continue looking and praying for a good spiritual director, God will continue to guide you through the other means for spiritual growth that the Church recommends. These are the some of the same items and activities that you... Read More

Love Beyond Love

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Theophilus

Love Beyond Love Almighty God, I do love and fear you. What fool would fail to tremble at your ability to cast it into the eternal suffering of its own making? But I am not motivated by your power to effortlessly give me what I have often requested by my choice of sin. No, I am not motivated by my fear of judgment and hell. My divine Love, I am driven to love you by the reality of your unimaginable grace. How is it that you love... Read More

How do I make Mass a more positive experience?

December 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass, Sacraments

Q. Dear Father John, What is the difference between those who find Mass something to be endured and those who find it deeply nourishing, and what does my experience have to do with my own disposition? A. The short answer to this question is: don’t worry about your experience of Mass, just focus on the Mass. Read on for the long answer. Underlying this excellent question is a faulty premise: it assumes that “something to be... Read More

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