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Vocal Prayer: Catechism Paragraph 2700

December 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Vocal

Vocal Prayer: Catechism Vocal Prayer: Catechism 2700 Through his Word, God speaks to man. By words, mental or vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the heart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: “Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words, but on the fervor of our souls.” Catechism of the Catholic Church + “A catechism should faithfully... Read More

Sometimes Prayer is So Frustrating I Give Up: What To Do?

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Dear Carmelite Sisters, In the Second Mansion of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes [prayer] is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn't help but what can I do? Many doors have a sign over their entrance. If the door... Read More

Bishop Barron on Christmas

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Dan Burke, Videos

Father Barron on Christmas Father Barron on Christmas: A short introductory summary — Father Robert Barron reflects on Christmas and the Prologue of the Gospel of Saint John, one of the great theological masterpieces in our Tradition, and also one of the great literary gems of the whole Western Tradition.  It's the reading for Christmas Day which, in a way, sums up the whole of Christianity and what this day and season... Read More

Can God speak to me in my dreams?

December 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mystical Experience

I never had dreams like this before. Only now that I have grown closer to Him in recent months He has spoken to me in other ways like at prayer. And He often confirms what I heard in prayer by people, articles, etc. If these dreams bring me closer to Him then surely they are from Him right? They have been such wonderful sources of consolation for me! Oh please enlighten me! Surely “if these dreams bring you closer to Him” then,... Read More

Having John Paul II over for Christmas…

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Videos

As you know, Blessed John Paul II will soon be St. John Paul II. So if you're one of his fans, so to speak, or if you know someone who is, here's an idea for a Christmas gift. Soon after John Paul II's beatification, CCC of America released a special edition of a 4-DVD set on the papacy of John Paul II. Originally produced by renowned Italian journalist Alberto Michelini, this English language edition includes ten, 30-minute documentaries... Read More

How Much Should a Priest Own?

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Detachment, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I am a Catholic priest. Because I am in studies and do not have a rectory to call ‘home', I've temporarily moved all my personal belongings back into my parent's house. Looking over all the ‘stuff' I've collected over the years, it's dawned on me that I have A LOT. Too much, so that I am even nauseated at the amount: especially books, vestments, and clerical clothing, and some secular clothes. My regular... Read More

Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within – Recommendation

December 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Resources, Vocal

Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within – by Thomas DuBay Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within is a must read for those looking either to begin, or to deepen their prayer lives. Father Dubay, with brevity and clarity, covers all the foundational elements of each type of prayer (vocal, liturgical, mental, contemplative, etc.). For those already experienced with vocal or liturgical prayer, this book will help you evaluate your... Read More

Tattered Titles – And the winners are …

December 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback, Resources, Spiritual Reading

A while back we asked you, “What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?” You answered with vigor and the responses were so numerous that we thought it might be helpful to summarize what our readers recommended. One of our amazing volunteers compiled every response and then put them into a spreadsheet. I was fascinated, surprised, and delighted to see how the top ten list emerged. The top three were 1) The... Read More

Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

December 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Mary, crowned with living light, Temple of the Lord, Place of peace and holiness, Shelter of the Word. Mystery of sinless life In our fallen race, Free from shadow, you reflect Plenitude of grace. Virgin-Mother of our God, Lift us when we fall, Who were named upon the Cross Mother of us all. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Heaven... Read More

How can a woman build appropriate relationship with a priest?

December 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, I am a woman working hard to deepen my relationship with Christ. In this process, I have begun to befriend priests. I wonder how you would suggest molding relationships with clergy to maintain detachment yet create mutually beneficial relationships. This is a real issue. We have all read or heard about tragic tales of priests having affairs with married or single women whom they were directing spiritually. And... Read More

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