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Video – The Better Part and the “Four Cs” of Christian Meditation

September 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Prayer, The Better Part, Videos

The Better Part and the Four “Cs” of Christian Meditation (Concentrate, Consider, Converse and Commit) A Video Resource How to Meditate Meditation is rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church. It is a personal and intimate conversation with God. But, some people do not know how to get started. In this video, Fr. John Bartunek helps us understand how to approach God through faith, how to use the “Four Cs”... Read More

Lisa Hendey – Navigating the Interior Life

September 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

If you spot Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God and think either, “I'm too busy for spiritual direction” or “My journey with God is just fine, thank you,” do yourself a favor and immediately buy this fantastic book. Moving well beyond its excellent opening chapters on helping you understand and engage in a course of spiritual direction, Dan Burke's phenomenal work lays... Read More

Spiritual Direction is NOT A One Time Emergency-Room Event

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Perspective, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is NOT a One-Time Emergency Room Event   Under normal circumstances, spiritual direction should not be akin to an emergency room visit. Spiritual direction is better likened to a wellness program or a long-term exercise and diet commitment that will result in maximum health. Even though there are plenty of appropriate emergency calls into spiritual directors, the healthiest calls typically occur within... Read More

Mortification: A Bad Word?

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Mortification – A Bad Word? As much mortification as possible, especially of the tongue. I must always be ready to humble myself, especially when things go badly. Bodily mortifications are to be few but constant, and without excessive obligation. I will give up salt altogether; I will never eat fruit in the evening, and never drink more than one glass of wine. As a general rule, I will always leave untouched a mouthful of... Read More

Do we Really Need to Worry that Much about Spiritual Progress?

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Teresa of Avila

Why Worry About Spiritual Progress? St Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Progress Dear St. Teresa, is it not better to somewhat ‘go with the flow' of God's leading in our life, doing our best, and not worry too much of where we are in the spiritual perfection? Dear friend, we must beg the Lord for guidance. We must frequently consider that without him we are lost. We must never trust ourselves. We must be vigilant regarding our... Read More

Why do Catholics Attend Church More Often than Protestants

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments


Dear Father John, can you help me understand and explain why Catholics go to Church so much more than Protestants (as with daily communicants)? Here is the short answer to this question: Catholics go to Mass daily because of the Eucharist. Protestants and evangelicals, with very rare exceptions (e.g. some of our faithful Anglican friends), believe neither in the abiding, Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, nor in the sacrificial... Read More

Dr Ralph Martin – Praise for Navigating the Interior Life

September 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

Dr Ralph Martin – Advance Praise for “Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God” Most of us have questions about spiritual direction. What is it? Is it for me? What if I can’t find a spiritual director? These questions and more are well answered in Dan Burke’s book. The Lord is clearly calling all Catholics into a deeper union with him. This book, in a style which is both inspiring... Read More

Interior Castle Questions

September 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

Interior Castle Questions   Interior Castle Questions — Your Interior Castle questions, please! Interior Castle Questions Dear Friends, The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles are looking for questions on St. Teresa's Interior Castle! Any come to mind? Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him Dan + For those unfamiliar with Saint Teresa of Avila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus, she was... Read More

Broken? ~ Stanza V ~ Part II

September 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

Broken ~ Stanza V ~ Part II Flesh will tell us to seek comfort.  “We deserve it! We work hard!” Yet our spirits truly suffer, when the ‘self’ gets high regard. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned on my spiritual journey is that the soul knows. When I graduated from high school in 1977 all I wanted to do was get married and start a family, and I did. But as time went by, I found myself being greatly influenced... Read More

Spiritual Direction is NOT Just about Prayer… or Action

Spiritual Direction is NOT Just About Prayer or Action   Though this form of direction doesn’t belong fully in the “this is not spiritual direction” category, it can reflect an immature form of direction that is not likely to yield the growth that comes from a more balanced approach. Love for God in the form of prayer or adoration could very well be a false love if it does not result in tangible expressions of love for... Read More

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