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Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part I of III

September 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Salvation, Sin


Dear Father John, please explain plenary indulgences. If one confession fulfills the requirement of plenary indulgences 8 days before and 8 days after, it seems to me that if someone went to Communion everyday, prayed for the intentions of the Holy Father everyday and prayed the rosary before the Blessed Sacrament everyday, that she could release 17 souls from purgatory in 17 days. Is that right? Aside from the problem of mathematical... Read More

Do You have Questions About the Spiritual Life?

September 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Life

Catholic Spiritual Direction has come a long way from an idea to a substantive reality. The idea was that the people of God are hungry for God and that the best way to satisfy that hunger (after the sacraments of course) is through the unfathomable riches of faithful spiritual guidance of the Church. We didn't know how people would respond. We found out. We went from a few friends reading the blog on a weekly basis to around 20,000... Read More

Why are so Many “Successful” People so Unhappy?

September 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Attachments, Dan Burke, Happiness

Dear Father Todd, Popular culture says you're successful when you have a huge house, a couple of late model cars in the driveway, wear designer clothes, and take luxury vacations to exotic places. If this materialistic vision is the definition of success, why are so many “successful” people so unhappy? It is so easy for us to get caught up in the material world as if that is all there is. We can find ourselves basing... Read More

Confessing more frequently than the required minimum

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Sacraments

Dear Father John, In the Catechism (CCC 2042) the second precept states: “You shall confess your sins at least once a year.” The qualification of having knowledge of a mortal sin is gone. (Or is it still mentioned somewhere else?) It makes sense to me that the precept is correct as stated because, as I believe St. Teresa of Avila teaches, a soul can be lost due to the multiplication of venial sins. If this is true,... Read More