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My Faulty Imagination and the Infinite God

January 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Meditations

Many times, I unknowingly think about God’s fullness in incomplete terms. I forget just how glorious, rich, and deep His divinity is. Of course, I know that He is so much greater than my heart could ever fathom, but since He appears to us in the New Testament as the Word Made Flesh, He always appears in my mind as Christ in his human likeness, rather than as Lord of all, with both human and divine wills and natures fused as... Read More

Can I Trust? Series: Faithful to the Church?

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age, PseudoSpirituality

Can I Trust? Series Faithful to the Church? Editor's Note: We get many questions in regards to whether or not popular authors, or organizations, are faithful to the Church, her teachings and her Magisterium, and whether or not they should be read and/or followed. It is a wise person who asks! So, in a way, this listing of posts has been inspired by you, the readers. The following is an index of posts (and their links), found on... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life: Dan Burke Video

Navigating the Interior Life Video (with Dan Burke Regarding his New Book) Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Spiritual Direction is for every person. The Spiritual Direction Book Club will soon begin reading Dan Burke's book on spiritual direction. Today's video is an interview with Dan Burke regarding his book, which was really birthed by the many, many readers of SpiritualDirection.com... Read More

How can I learn to love God more fully? – Part I of II

January 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

Dear Father John, I feel confused. I want to keep growing in my love for God. I want to learn to love him “with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength,” just as he commands us to do. But I don’t know what that means. Can you help me? I will try, but it will take more than one post to do so. First of all, allow yourself to feel true interior joy, and even relief, at the simple fact that your desire to love God more fully is... Read More

Saint Paul the Apostle, Pray for Us!

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy, Seasonal

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle Saint Paul the Apostle: Pray for Us! “Paul addressed the people in these words: ‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the... Read More

Finding God in Nashville

January 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events, General

Finding God in Nashville   Countless souls have been blessed and encouraged to heaven by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (also known as the “Nashville Dominicans”). Several weeks ago, I had the profound honor of briefly joining them in their mission by providing a number of talks and question and answer sessions on the spiritual life for the parents of Overbrook, their elementary school. My first talk... Read More

As the Storm Rages Around Me, How Should I Pray?

January 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Self-Knowledge

Dear Dan, I have recently become aware that I have no desire to make petitionary prayers for myself.  I noticed this most as Hurricane Sandy raged around me, causing lots of high wind destruction in our area.  The power was out and there was nothing to hear but the howling wind.  I talked to God.  I told Him that I probably ought to be asking Him to keep me safe – but that I knew He keeps me safe always and that I know... Read More

Video – Help me understand confession

Help Me Understand Confession Help Me Understand Confession: Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about how to better understand confession. + “The Father has shown forth his mercy by reconciling the world to himself in Christ and by making peace for all things on earth and in heaven by the blood of Christ on the cross. The Son of God made man lived among us in order to free us from the slavery of sin and to call us out... Read More

Troubled Hearts: A Retreat Guide on Finding Peace of Soul

January 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guides

Troubled Hearts: A Retreat Guide on Peace of Soul   Our second Video Retreat Guide, “Troubled Hearts: A Retreat Guide on Peace of Soul,” is now available here. In this Retreat Guide, we delve into Jesus' words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). What did he really mean? How we can make that happen? “Troubled Hearts” will help you go deep in answering questions like those. As with... Read More

Top ten reading list for spiritual directors (Updated – 2013)

Dan, now that you mention technical books on spiritual theology… I'm wondering what would be your top 10 list of books in that area. I'm especially interested in books that would be helpful for a priest that would like to engage more seriously in spiritual direction, or books that you would recommend to a seminarian or for a seminary course in the area of spiritual direction. I would appreciate your input. Dear friend, beyond... Read More

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