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A mother’s plea: Why does God delay answering my prayers? I of II

July 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

Why Does God Delay Answering My Prayers? Part I of II   Dear Father John, Two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years. Fortunately, both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose someone else. The emotional roller-coaster... Read More

How can actions & sufferings make God loved across the seas?

July 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Love

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Dear Father John, in St. Thérèse's poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My actions, my little sufferings Are... Read More

What is the difference between desolation and aridity?

Dear Dan, what is the difference between aridity and desolation? Dear friend, this is a very simple but important question with a simple answer. Here are the two definitions and a brief reflection on the similarities and differences. DESOLATION. A temporary darkening of the mind and disturbance of the will and emotions, permitted by God to purify the souls of his followers. It may be caused by the evil spirit or brought on by a... Read More

I cannot feel God’s presence, am I a bad person?

July 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, Prayer

I am a Catholic or try to be one, and I am having problems feeling the Power of my religion. I have been so hurt throughout my life and I've tried to forgive the people, but it does no good. I feel like I get far more satisfaction out of my work than my faith. It’s so hard for me to get the concept that when I go to communion, its Jesus' Body and Blood that I’m receiving. That is so deep to me that I can't grasp it. Why have... Read More

From a past of suffering, how to understand God’s love for me?

July 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Love, Suffering

From a Past of Suffering, How Can I Understand God's Love for Me? I grew up in a tough situation. Both of my parents were raised in tumultuous circumstances and as a result, neither of them had any concept of what it meant to provide a healthy home, or to love and nurture children. They divorced when I was young and the large murky river of our pseudo-family split in two even more dangerous rivers that only carved new paths to... Read More

Prayer for the Intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Novenas, Prayer

Dear Friends, July 16th is a special day for me. It marks my birthday as a Catholic. On this special day, I would be grateful if you could join us in a novena for the needs of this apostolate and particularly for the souls of those we serve. The needs of priests, religious, and laypeople for spiritual formation are vast. We reach more than 190 countries, and hundreds of thousands of readers who are seeking the sustenance only found... Read More

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

July 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

Thank You! Dear friends, I wanted to take a moment and thank God, our volunteers, combox encouragers, donors, and to thank you for the wonderful privilege of being a part of your lives. Out of the approximately 10,400 subscribers and more than 200,000 readers of SpiritualDirection.com, there are a number of donors and a handful of tireless volunteers who ensure that we have the funds and effort we need to serve you every day. Are... Read More

Struggling with Rosary: Where Should Attention be During Rosary?

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Rosary

Dear Dan, I used to pray the Rosary daily, but lately I have become frustrated with it and am confused about where my attention should be focused while praying it. One Hail Mary, I find myself meditating on how painful it must have been for Jesus to be scourged at the pillar, and what great love it took for him to tolerate that for our sake. However, during that prayer, I was not paying attention to the actual words of the Hail... Read More

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

July 9, 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... Read More

Schools for Spiritual Directors: What’s Available that’s Faithful

Schools for Spiritual Directors What's Available that's Faithful Dear Dan, I have a two sided question that I would like to ask about schools for spiritual direction. Are there schools that I can call to see if I can find a graduate/director in my area? Secondarily, I think I might be called to provide direction to others. I do recognize the serious nature of this calling (the care of souls) and would like to pursue the necessary... Read More

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