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What is prayer? – Compendium – 534

June 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Compendium, Dan Burke, Prayer

What is Prayer? Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 534 Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from Him in accord with His will. It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man. Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the Children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with His Son Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit... Read More

How to Know if Spiritual Director is Faithful to the Church?

Spiritual Directors

Dear Dan, I am hesitant to go to a local priest for spiritual direction because I am worried about his submission, or lack of submission to the Church. He is a good priest but he has made some confusing comments about abortion and a few political topics etc. Are there simple questions I can ask and a way to ask (that would not be offensive) to help me determine if a particular priest or lay person (a potential spiritual director)... Read More

How can I forgive someone when they do not repent? Part I of II

June 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I have had this question regarding forgiveness ever since my husband filed for divorce and treated me terribly during the process. He never acknowledged his treatment of me nor repented and asked for forgiveness, yet, in confession I was always told that I still must forgive him. Fortunately, eventually God gave me the grace to forgive him, as He made me see that, sinner that I am, in God's eyes who am I to feel... Read More

Should I pay my spiritual director? (Updated)

June 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Perspective, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

I have found a spiritual director who is a Priest. I am so thankful for his direction and his time. However, I don't know how to repay him for the time he freely gives me each month. It is awkward to offer him cash, so I haven't. I don't want to insult him but I don't want to leave him feeling unappreciated either. I offer my prayers each day but I need to do more. Do Priests that are spiritual directors usually get paid by each... Read More

Is spiritual direction for all? I really don’t feel the need

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Dear Dan, I noticed on your poll that there are a few people (apparently out of thousands) who don't think they need a spiritual director. I have wondered if I am also in this category. I feel strong in my faith (I love my faith) and feel like I have clear direction in my life at the moment. I am not struggling with mortal sin or habitual venial sins (that I am aware of). Am I missing something? Shouldn't regular confession and... Read More

Carmelite Sisters at the Movies – For Greater Glory – ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

June 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Videos

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles rarely go to the movies, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to be a part of a premiere showing of For Greater Glory. Seventy-five of our sisters immediately said “yes” to the gracious invitation of Archbishop Jose Gomez. Why? Because it was during those days–the days of the horrendous religious persecution in Mexico in the 1920s–that our community... Read More

How does a person learn to love God? – Part I of II

June 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Love, Prayer, Virtue

Dear Father John, if contemplative prayer is seeking Him whom my soul loves, what does one do to learn how to love God? I see this as a huge gap in the development of Catholic life and Catholic spirituality among the laity. We teach people how to worship, how to pray, what is right and wrong, but we never teach people – young or old – how to love the God we cannot see and touch and hold, and what that love is like... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2719

June 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer – Catechism Paragraph 2719 Contemplative prayer is a communion of love bearing Life for the multitude, to the extent that it consents to abide in the night of faith. The Paschal night of the Resurrection passes through the night of the agony and the tomb – the three intense moments of the Hour of Jesus which his Spirit (and not “the flesh [which] is weak”) brings to life in prayer. We... Read More

Archbishop From Iraq: Finding Middle East Peace

June 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Detachment, Peace

Dear Friends, I had the fascinating opportunity to spend some time with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil (Northern Iraq) last week. I was blessed to meet him face-to-face as I facilitated an interview with him and Tim Drake of the National Catholic Register during his visit to EWTN. We talked about the state of the Church in Iraq, the persecution, and the resolve of this good Bishop to remain steadfast in his commitment to Christ... Read More

What the Church says about private revelations (II of II)

June 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

Dear Father John, I understand that we need to defer to the judgment of the Church on matters of private revelations. It only stands to reason that the Church has the wisdom of thousands of years behind it and is very capable of guiding us in these cases. Even so, I feel drawn to dig deeper into Medjugorje and even what I have read about Garabandal. Is this instinct wrong or harmful to my faith? Surely there were people who believed... Read More

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