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Advent Questions?

November 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke

Advent Questions? Dear Friends, Happy Advent! We would like to hear from you! What are your Advent questions, joys, or struggles with the Advent season? Are you anxious about the season?  How is your spiritual life?  Does your family have spiritual issues that come to the front at this time of year?  How does your parish celebrate Advent?  Too little? Too much?  All of these things can affect our prayer life and our relationship... Read More

Out of Advent darkness into His marvelous light!

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke

Dear Friends, Last year, the note below came as a portion of my first post of the new liturgical year and my first personal note to you. Looking back on this today I was moved with particular gratitude. I was struck with the tremendous measure of joy I was feeling because of the coming of Advent, in spite of some challenging circumstances that have arisen this month. It is amazing how God heals if we allow him to. He really is... Read More

Advent Prayer of Preparation

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations, Prayer

Advent Prayer of Preparation Advent Prayer of Preparation:  O my God, Word of the Father, Word made flesh. For the love of us, You assumed a mortal body in order to suffer and be immolated for us. I wish to prepare for Your coming with the burning desires of the prophets and the just who in the Old Testament sighed after You, the one Savior and Redeemer… O Lord, send Him whom You are going to send… As you have promised,... Read More

Seek the Things that are Above! St Paul’s Advice

November 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Scripture


Things that are above Seek the Things that are Above … Seek the Things that are Above … If you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead to the world; and your life is hid with Christ in God. from Saint Paul's letter to the Colossians 3:1-3. From the commentary for the... Read More

Am I So Heavenly Minded that I am No Earthly Good?

November 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Heaven

I have a question after reading Fr. John's meditation and prayer on a recent Sunday's Gospel in The Better Part (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, #208. Money and Fire (Luke 16:19-31). In the section Christ in my Life Fr. John writes, “I admit, it's possible to get obsessed with the afterlife, but it would be a foolish traveler who kept moving ahead every day without ever thinking about his destination” Is there something... Read More

Christ the Divine King

November 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Solemnity

Christ the Divine King Oh, divine King, most amiable Jesus, my Redeemer, my Savior, my Spouse, my Master, and model, I renew today the total consecration of my being to You, begging You to take absolute dominion over me. Be my Sovereign, my Ruler, my Guide. Direct and govern me entirely, so that everything may turn to Your greater glory. Be King of my memory, of my intellect, of my will, of my emotions; I wish all to be completely... Read More

Indulgence clarification: Total detachment from sin

November 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Indulgences, Theophilus

Dear Father Edward, my friends were asking last night about the idea of total detachment from sin as a requirement for plenary indulgence- they were desperate that such a goal is unattainable- total detachment from venial sin- did Father clarify that on the SD site or somewhere else or can you point me to another source to refer to them to guide and comfort their souls. It seems the Church would never offer such a thing if it were... Read More

Your “how-to” guides to the spiritual life…

November 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

Your How-to Guides to the Spiritual Life… Your How-to Guides to the Spiritual Life…   Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, In a recent conversation with Father John Bartunek, he suggested that we group all of our recommend book resources in a way that might be more meaningful and helpful to you. So, we have updated the resource page for you. Here are the questions the various resources can help you with: How... Read More

What are you thankful for?

November 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General


Every year at the thanksgiving table our family tradition is to allow each member to express what they are particularly thankful for. As the parents of four teens we have heard some pretty memorable responses. I will never forget the year that our daughter expressed thanks for her suffering. She said that she knew that God was working in and through her personal experience of the pains of life. That same year our oldest son was... Read More

Temptations of an apostolic heart

November 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Discernment, God's Will, Spiritual Warfare

The enemy has no need to tempt those who float around in an apathetic slumber; he already owns them. The devil is occupied with those who work with fervor for the Kingdom of God. His first tactic is to find our greatest point of personal weakness and attack. It can be our health, our family, our prayer life (or lack of one). It can be relationships in our lives, it can be our root sin, or it can be our children. If he doesn't... Read More

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