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Faithful Priests too Busy: How can I Find a Spiritual Director?

May 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Finding a Director, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Dear Dan, My director is a wonderful, caring person but is also quite a bit less inclined to follow the magisterium than I am. I wish I had the opportunity to see a faithful priest from time to time. I have tried hard to find a priest willing to provide me with spiritual direction (especially now, as I am going through some severe moral crises and sufferings); however, I have been turned down repeatedly because they are too busy... Read More

Struggling with end of life issues… What does the Church teach?

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, Recently my mother passed away. She suffered from an irregular heartbeat and congestive heart failure. A week before she passed, she was rushed to the hospital where the ER doctor counseled us to have her put on hospice care and let nature take its course. After that, she was put on morphine and a sedative and had no food or fluids. It took her 5 days to die and it was not a peaceful death. I can't help thinking... Read More

What does it Mean to have a Personal Relationship with Jesus?

May 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relationship with Christ, Salvation

Dear Father John, What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?” I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc.) and go to mass regularly, however, I don't know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not. Let’s start answering your question with a question: When you “pray and go to Mass regularly,”... Read More

Root Sin Classifications … Which One is Right?

May 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Root Sin, Sin

Dear Father John, This is really interesting guidance. In the catechism, we learn that root sins are seven and they are, 1) pride, 2) covetousness, 3) lust, 4) anger, 5) gluttony, 6) envy and 7) slothfulness. In your classification there are three. Can you please make it more clear? This question illustrates how rich our Catholic faith really is; it transcends our ability to comprehend it; there is always more for us to discover.... Read More

What about your experience with spiritual direction?

May 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

What about your experience with spiritual direction? Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, More than 500 of you have told us that you are in an active spiritual direction relationship right now. Would you mind answering a few questions about your experience with spiritual direction? I am about half way through a book project on the topic and want to be sure that it is a valuable service to the Church. Regardless of whether... Read More

What Virtues can I Practice to Overcome the Root Sin of Sensuality?

Dear Father John, Thank you for the post on root sin. It has definitely helped me. My question is, charity and humility seem to be the virtues to practice if the root sin is pride or vanity. But what would be the virtue to practice to overcome sensuality? It seems that it is more of an emotional response, hence the sensuality. Thanks to your article have identified this as my root sin, I am not entirely sure what to put in place/practice... Read More