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Monsters vs. Monstrance – More Thoughts on Halloween

October 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

by Mark Shea Friday, October 29, 2010 Published with Permission National Catholic Register Come Sunday, we all celebrate Halloween again, that strange night of the year when, with one accord, American civilization dredges up all its darkest fears of the supernatural and waffles between scaring itself and laughing at the whole thing–nervously. It’s an odd thing really. Halloween urges upon us a particular *kind* of fear. Nobody... Read More

How to Discern what Comes with Infused Contemplation

October 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Contemplation, Prayer

Dear Father Edward, when given the gift of infused contemplation, should there be any doubt that these are of God? My spiritual director has told me to listen and obey, write everything down, and if there are any doubts, to go back and read what the Lord has said and shown me. This has helped tremendously. I am a wretched sinful person, and fear that evil will invade or try to fool me in some way. You are certainly right to call... Read More

What does the Vatican say about Centering Prayer?

Centering Prayer: What the Vatican has to say about it Has the Vatican ever addressed the topic of Centering Prayer or the teachings commonly held by those who advocate or practice Centering Prayer? Yes, the approach to prayer commonly referred to “Centering Prayer” has been formally and specifically addressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (we provide the text of this important document below).... Read More

More indulgence clarification…

October 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Indulgences, Penance/Confession, Sin

Dear Father John, As I read your excellent posts on indulgences. A question occurred to me. If a person were to perform these suggested spiritual exercises without asking for the indulgence, would he still obtain the indulgence? Also since no longer are there no longer specified “time outs” applied to the purgatory… how do we arrive at how many indulgences are enough to avoid as much “time” in purgatory... Read More

The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – Recommendation

October 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Church Documents, Dan Burke, Resources

If you are looking to better understand the scriptures through spiritual reading or study, there really is nothing out there that is anywhere close to the quality of this Bible. For a combination of faithfulness and usefulness, you can't go wrong with this invaluable tool. Here's the commercial… The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament brings together all of the books of the New Testament and the penetrating study... Read More

How Can I Receive the Gift of Discernment?

October 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Discernment


Dear Father Edward, how can I receive the gift of discernment? I have prayed and continue to do so, but I am not sure what comes from the Lord versus what is coming from me. Is there anything else that I should be doing? Like Solomon who requested the gift of wisdom, you are asking for a good thing. Discernment is the ability to recognize what the Lord wants us to do. It can be a difficult process. One reason is because God often... Read More

Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part III of III

October 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, Sin

Editor's Note: This is a continuation of our series on plenary indulgences. You can find the previous installment in our series here. Based on your feedback and further consideration on the initial question, I thought I should share a few more thoughts on this topic. The Days of Our Indulgences I want to start with two clarifications. First of all, one reader referred to the older practice of linking indulgences with particular... Read More

A New Diagnosis of My Root Sin

A New Diagnosis of my Root Sin… I was back in my home state and surprised to get the call. I couldn't imagine what it would be about. I was in the Texas emergency room one week earlier after air travel triggered debilitating imbalance so severe that I couldn't even walk on my own. The doctor discovered something in the x-ray of my brain when I was in the emergency room. “You need a more in-depth review of this situation”... Read More

Plenary indulgences and purgatory – Part II of III

October 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek, Hell & Purgatory, Indulgences, 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? Last time we explored, briefly,... Read More