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Stuck in Spiritual Growth: How do I get Unstuck? Pt 1 of 2

Dear Carmelite Sisters, I feel like I am stuck somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. Teresa posits conformity to God’s will as the first principle of spiritual growth In her Way of Perfection: Chapter 16. She reminds... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2712

April 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2712 Contemplative prayer is the prayer of the child of God, of the forgiven sinner who agrees to welcome the love by which he is loved and who wants to respond to it by loving even more. But he knows that the love he is returning is poured out by the Spirit in his heart, for everything is grace from God. Contemplative prayer is the poor and humble surrender to the loving will of... Read More

Lectio Divina, A Guide: What it is & How It helps Prayer Life

Dear Dan, can you help me understand Lectio Divina and whether or not I should use it to help me improve my prayer life? I am struggling right now and feel like I need a change but I don't know what will help. Any Christian seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ will no doubt be blessed through this time-tested monastic prayer method. Many of you who use The Better Part to pray will discover that Lectio Divina is one... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2711

April 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2711 Entering into contemplative prayer is like entering into the Eucharistic liturgy: we “gather up:” the heart, recollect our whole being under the prompting of the Holy Spirit, abide in the dwelling place of the Lord which we are, awaken our faith in order to enter into the presence of him who awaits us. We let our masks fall and turn our hearts back to the Lord who... Read More

Am I being self-absorbed when praying for spiritual growth?

April 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Can praying for spiritual growth indicate being self absorbed? I am troubled by my intercessory prayer. I pray quite a bit for others but, I also pray a lot for myself. I pray that I grow in faith, that I love and see others as Christ sees them, etc. Still, I wonder if I am too focused on self. These thoughts have become distractions in prayer and in Mass. In Mass, as I was thinking on this, I even wondered if I should fast... Read More

More on Divine Mercy – Podcast Interview with Joseph Pronechen

April 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Easter, Seasonal Meditations

Interview with Joseph Pronechen   Dear Friends, this past Friday, I interviewed Joseph Pronechen. Joseph Pronechen is the author of our recent post on Divine Mercy, for Register Radio. You can find that podcast here. The interview begins about half way through the show and we covered the FINCH acronym that outlines the basic elements and aspects of the devotion. The acronym is as follows: F – Feast of Divine Mercy I ... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2710

April 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2710 The choice of the time and duration of the prayer arises from a determined will, revealing the secrets of the heart. One does not undertake contemplative prayer only when one has the time: one makes time for the Lord, with the firm determination not to give up, no matter what trials and dryness one may encounter. One cannot always meditate, but one can always enter into inner... Read More

Divine Mercy Sunday – Time to Celebrate God’s Mercy

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness, Indulgences

Worried about the world situation? About your spiritual life? Jesus gives us the hope-filled solution. Seek and accept his mercy. Start in the Eastertide, celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, then continue with the devotion. Jesus himself called for this devotion and feast. He made his urgent, essential request through Polish mystic St. Faustina Kowalska, the first saint canonized in the New Millennium by John Paul II. Jesus said, “I... Read More

He is Risen! Solemnity of Easter

April 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

He is Risen!  Solemnity of Easter

He is Risen! Albrecht Dürer's, The Resurrection of Christ, Copper Etching He is Risen, Alleluia!   Today the Church celebrates the Resurrection of Christ from the grave. Christ lives, no more to die! He rose as He said, alleluia! He is truly risen, alleluia! He is victorious and has conquered sin and death, alleluia!  He has opened to us the gates of everlasting life, alleluia!  He has come so that we may have joy and our... Read More

Darkness Covered the Earth

April 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Praying Through Art, Triduum

Darkness Covered the Earth Good Friday + Art for this post on Darkness covered the Earth (Good Friday) – The Crucifixion: Crucifixion detail of Issenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald (c.1470-1528), 1506 to 1515 or perhaps 1512 to 1516, PD-US author's term of life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.  This painting is found in the chapel of the hospital infirmary of St. Anthony's Monastery in Issenheim, in the Alsace... Read More

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