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Walking the Line in a Material World

July 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Walking the Line in a Material World   …we must remember that we can hardly offer ourselves to Heaven, if we are bound to earth by worldly attachments. Therefore, if we perceive ourselves to bound by the slightest earthly affection, let us have recourse to God, imploring Him to break asunder the bonds which chain us to earth that we may be His alone. This is of great importance. for if he who is a slave to creatures,... Read More

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

A Crisis of Faith

July 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

  Consider Jesus on the Cross as you would a devout book worthy of your unceasing study and by which you may learn the practice of the most heroic virtues. This is the book which may be truly called the “Book of Life” (Apocalypse 3:5), which at once enlightens the mind by its doctrines and inflames the will by its examples. The world is full of books, but were it possible for man to read them all, he would never be so... Read More

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

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

for post on why human suffering?

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

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

July 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

That's right – we've nearly completed our first book together!!  Can you believe it? And Spiritual Combat is no quick-read dime store novel either!  Congratulations if you're still with us – this book has required a great deal of thought.  It is my prayer that all your effort has been spiritually fruitful for you.  I realize we have two weeks left, but I wanted to give you time to find our next book, so here we... 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

Broken? Stanza IV – Part I

July 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Give us strength to meet the challenge, that the world does but provide. Let us see the spiritual battle, and from TRUTH, let us not hide. It is a constant challenge to be in the world, but not of it (John 17). Time after time, I think I have a lesson learned, have allowed God to lift my mind and heart up toward Him…even just a little, them BAM! I let down my guard for a moment, my humanness asserts itself, and I am unceremoniously... 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

Love Thy Neighbor

July 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

…whoever unjustly condemns his neighbor has good reason for suspecting himself guilty of the same crime, inasmuch as vicious men are prone to think others like themselves. When, therefore, we find ourselves inclined to condemn others, let us inwardly accuse ourselves with this just reproof: “Blind and presumptuous wretch, how dare you rashly examine your neighbors actions – you who have the same if not greater sins... 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

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