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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2717

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2717 Contemplative prayer is silence, the “symbol of the world to come” or “silent love.” Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love. In this silence, unbearable to the “outer” man, the Father speaks to us his incarnate Word, who suffered, died, and rose; in this silence the Spirit of adoption... Read More

How did Jesus & Mary Stay Perfect in Anguish & Sadness?

May 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Consolation/Desolation, Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

Dear Father John, in responding to questions on this forum, you’ve often said something like, “the interior turbulence that the situation is causing you is most likely not from the Holy Spirit”. I think St. Ignatius says something similar when discussing the discernment of the spirits. Since Jesus and Mary were perfect, how would you explain the great anguish and sadness that Jesus felt in the garden of Gethsemane or the... Read More

Who are the Doctors of the Church and why should I care?

Dear Dan, I am a convert and a mom. I have recently decided that my faith needed deepening and have begun to delve deeper into it through prayer, confession, reading, talking to my priest etc. He told me about your site and today I came across an article you answered on spiritual development. You said, “Otherwise, if you want a fool proof way to stay within the sublime wealth and spiritual tradition of the Church, stick with... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2716

May 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2716 Contemplative Prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church Contemplative prayer is hearing the Word of God. Far from being passive, such attentiveness is the obedience of faith, the unconditional acceptance of a servant, and the loving commitment of a child. It participates in the “Yes” of the Son become servant and the Fiat of God's lowly handmaid. + “A... Read More

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

Dear Carmelite Sisters, I feel like I am stuck in 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. In our first post in this two part series we talked about a few of the reasons we get stuck and touched on the key issues we often... Read More

Broken? ~ Stanza II ~ Part I

May 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Come Lord Jesus to repair us, with Your gift of healing love. Send Your Spirit to prepare us, for our home in heaven above. God is love. I had a taste of the truth of this statement once while in adoration.  It was just a glimmer, lasting only a fraction of a second. Yet in that moment, I knew that God really is love. For most of my life I had a hard time accepting the fact that God really created us, each individually, but... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2715

May 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2715 Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus. “I look at him and he looks at me”: this is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to say while praying before the tabernacle. This focus on Jesus is a renunciation of self. His gaze purifies our heart; the light of the countenance of Jesus illumines the eyes of our heart and teaches us... Read More

How can I get a copy of Navigating the Interior Life?

Dear Dan, is your book available to buy now? If not, when are you aiming to release it? Because so many have asked about the availability of Navigating the Interior Life, we have created the web site to provide more information and to give you the opportunity to receive a free advance, signed copy simply by making a donation to Catholic Spiritual Direction. Dan has decided to take this approach... Read More

Who Can Receive Holy Communion?

May 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Mass


Dear Father John, It is my understanding that only Catholics who are in the state of grace may receive Holy Communion. I know that only God really knows the state of a person's soul. I am also aware that there have been hurts inflicted by very fallible and imperfect members of the Church that may prevent a person from fully and outwardly embracing the Church. If a person is not a member of the Catholic Church, but believes that... Read More

I am too tired to focus in prayer, what can I do?

May 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Vocal

Dear Dan, I have a question regarding the rosary that I'm hoping you can help me with. I love to pray the rosary and typically I'm able to meditate on the mysteries. Sometimes, I find myself not being able to sleep, but tired enough that I'm not able to effectively focus on the mysteries. In that situation, like last night, I focused my mind on each word, it was almost like praying against a white background, while I just focused... Read More

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