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Advancement & Self-promotion Issues at Work

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Workplace Spirituality

Dear Father Todd, regarding Father John's post on “Give and Take” how does this combine with trying to be successful in a career, a type where if you do not make your accomplishments known, you will not advance? Your question is a good one because when we are trying to faithfully follow Christ in a world where competition is fierce at times, it can seem like we are caught between a rock and a hard place: I want to... Read More

Redemptive Suffering and Abuse

August 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Suffering

Dear Father Edward, does the idea of redemptive suffering apply only to physical suffering or does it also extend to submission to emotional/mental/spiritual suffering that comes from an abusive relationship? If I am the target of regular mistreatment by my husband and I offer it up, is this the same as redemptive suffering? Dear friend, it sounds like your situation is very challenging. I will do my best to answer your question... Read More

What is “spiritual reading”? How do Busy People find Time for this?

Spiritual Reading Arms Us for Battle

Dear Father John, My spiritual director recommended that I do some spiritual reading.  He said spiritual reading is just reading about spiritual things.  I don’t have a lot of extra time, and I am finding it hard to motivate myself to squeeze this new obligation into my schedule – it’s hard enough for me to get my daily meditation in! Can you give me some advice? It sounds like you have found a wise spiritual director.... Read More

Ignatian Conscience Exam on Faith, Hope & Love

August 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Penance/Confession, Sacraments, Sin

If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of St. Ignatius' treatment of what he calls the particular examination of conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide, “Some Notes on Scruples.” It is very important, therefore, that... Read More

Self-knowledge and the spiritual life-Part III of III: Sacred Silence

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self-Knowledge, Silence, Spiritual Life


Editor's note: In part two, we discussed how silence is important to self-knowledge. What is sacred silence? There are many scripture passages that convey important elements of a true God-ward silence. One that is sublimely concise is Psalm 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God This passage clearly reveals the type of silence necessary for a God-ward self-knowledge. First, we have the purpose of silence, to know and acknowledge... Read More

What if I have nothing to confess, should I still go to confession?

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Sacraments, Scrupulosity


Dear Father John, I recently heard someone mention the term “devotional confession.” I think this is what I need, but I am not sure what it really is. Is this the kind of confession we do when we are no longer living with habitual mortal or venial sins? Is this where we re-confess old sins to gain the benefit of the sacrament?  But if it is, isn’t that scrupulosity? Any guidance will be appreciated. Your question, it seems... Read More

How do I deal with pain from the past?

August 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, “The truth is that we cannot remain prisoners of the past; people need a sort of ‘healing of the memories’ so that past evils will not come back again.” My question arises from this quote. HOW, HOW do I make it so that the past evils not come back, when the Hurt is there. The Mistrust is there? This question is relevant for all of us, because all of have wounds from the past, whether wounds caused by our... Read More

Aquinas and More…

August 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Resources

Aquinas and More Dear friends, Many of you know that we are an affiliate of Aquinas and More. This means that they provide the book store in the far right column of the blog (scroll down a bit and you will see it). The way this works is that every book or item you purchase from them through the link on this blog results in a percentage of the sale coming to us for the work of this apostolate. Right now monthly sales amounts to... Read More

Can a Root Sin Change?

August 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Root Sin, Self-Knowledge, Sin

Dear Father John, Can a root sin change over your life? It seems to me that increasingly sensuality is being replaced as a root sin by pride. have you seen this, as one sin goes, another becomes more prominent? The general opinion on this question is, as far as I can tell, that root sins don’t change. Remember, because of our fallen nature, we all carry within us tendencies towards vanity, pride, and sensuality. When we identify... Read More