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Marriage Conscience Exam: Marriage Spirituality: 3 of 4

January 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Marriage Spirituality

So, if you are back for more I think it is safe to assume that we agree that we are our spouses “keeper.” The challenge now, is where to start. The best place, once we understand that we have fallen short, is always the sacrament of reconciliation. We must have the grace of God provided in this sacrament to change the spiritual course of our marriage. But before you go to reconciliation, spend some time in prayer and, if possible,... Read More

Consolation & Desolation… What are “spiritualized capital sins”?

Dear Father John, you used the phrase “spiritualized capital sins” in your post on consolation and desolation. I have never heard this idea before. What are spiritualized capital sins and how do they “attempt” to re-conquer the soul as we mature? We have to remember that here on earth we are members of the Church militant. We are in the midst of a battle. As we grow spiritually, the enemies of our souls... Read More

Should I ask my spiritual director (a priest) to also be my confessor?

Dear Becky, I have a question for you. I have a priest spiritual director that I usually travel more than an hour to see every month. I go to confession weekly and am wondering if it would be best to see the same priest for confession for continuity, etc. Before my spiritual director relocated, I most often saw him for confession because it worked out that way, and, I believe it was God who arranged it that way. Would it be appropriate... Read More

Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2702

January 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Vocal

Vocal Prayer Vocal Prayer: The need to involve the senses in interior prayer corresponds to a requirement of our human nature. We are body and spirit, and we experience the need to translate our feelings externally. We must pray with our whole being to give all power possible to our supplication. + Vocal Prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church This excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is from Paragraph 2702. + “A... Read More

What is an “attachment”? “disordered” attachments?

January 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Attachments, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I would like to learn more about the idea of attachments. What is a disordered attachment and what is the difference, say, between a normal need for food and a disordered attachment for it? How can I tell the difference? Also, this is kind of a related point but is there a point at which indulgence in over-eating moves from a venial sin to a mortal sin? A disordered attachment is an emotional dependence on some... Read More

Dark night or depression?

Dear Carmelite Sisters, I am struggling with prayer – it is very dry and I feel very alone but I have not given up. I believe I am in the dark night but I am also melancholy by temperament. How can I discern what I am experiencing? I don't have access to a spiritual director because of my remote location. Am I depressed or in the dark night or both? I know you can't know everything about my situation via this simple question... Read More

Daughter of the King? Marriage Spirituality Part 2 of 4

January 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Marriage Spirituality

Though monarchies are rare these days, my wife is actually the daughter of a very wealthy King. One of the great benefits of this relationship is that he has expressed in no uncertain terms that he loves me and my family and that we will always be welcome in his care. The challenge is that he is also a very powerful King. Though he is benevolent and kind, I do live with an extra sense of caution regarding how I treat my wife. I... Read More

Are you helping your spouse to heaven? Marriage Spirituality (1/4)

January 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Marriage Spirituality

When my wife and I were going through marriage preparation our mentor couple said something to us that we have never forgotten, “your primary role in marriage is to help one another to heaven.” It was a striking comment that seems so obvious now, but at that time, it was a completely new thought. It's a funny thing – I think it's common for responsible God-loving adults to have this thought about their kids. We... Read More

Faith at Work

January 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

Dear Friends, The following interview is from a friend that I made at my recent appearance on EWTN’s Journey Home program. Kevin Lowry’s book Faith and Work is a great read and has a few interesting points to make with respect to the kind of thing we discuss here at Catholic Spiritual Direction. Kevin agreed to provide us with a bit more insight into his motivation and perspective on living out our faith in the workplace. Enjoy! Q:... Read More

Pope Benedict XVI on Praying Without Ceasing

January 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Practicing Presence, Prayer

Praying Without Ceasing Praying without ceasing means: never losing contact with God, letting ourselves be constantly touched by him in the depths of our hearts and, in this way, being penetrated by his light. Only someone who actually knows God can lead others to God. Only someone who leads people to God leads them along the path of life. The restless heart … echoing Saint Augustine, is the heart that is ultimately satisfied... Read More

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