SpiritualDirection.com / Catholic Spiritual Direction

259. Free to Stay or Go (John 6:60-71)

August 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Do not, my child, approach Jesus Christ with the hope of bending his will to yours: what I desire is that you yield yourself to him and that he receive you, so that he, your Savior, may do with you and in you whatever he pleases.” – St. Cajetan John 6:60-71: After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that... Read More

257. Believing or Complaining (John 6:36-51)

August 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“He gave himself to be our food; unhappy is the one who is unaware of so great a gift.” – St. Cajetan John 6:36-51: ‘But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me. Now the... Read More

Living with Sure Hope

May 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

hope

Living with Sure Hope Humility is a liberating virtue, for it takes away from the soul the burden of any injustice. It gives us the freedom to leave everything in God’s hands and the contentment to be satisfied with His plan in our lives. Humility is an exhilarating virtue that keeps us from dis­couragement at the sight of our frailties. It is coupled with Hope in an indissoluble union, and together... Read More

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection?

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Easter, Eternity, Fr. Bartunek, Resurrection

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection? Dear Father John, I was looking around the SpiritualDirection.com site and found a post from back in 2014 (Why are Holy Water Fonts at Church Doors? Why Bless Ourselves with Holy Water) in which you said that peacocks are considered signs of the Resurrection. I never knew that. Why are peacocks thought of in that way? Is it the same for peahens?... Read More

Retreat Guide: Food for the Journey

August 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

New Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Food for the Journey The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Food for the Journey: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. God’s plan for the human family was disrupted by eating. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they betrayed their friendship with God, losing the only source... Read More

Catholic Focus: Guilt, Suffering & Living Only for Heaven? II of II

August 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John: I admit I am fairly new to the spiritual life. But God has been doing amazing things, and I really want to keep growing. But I keep getting stuck on one thing. I just don't get that, as Catholics, we are meant to spend SO much time focused on suffering! Suffering and guilt…Didn't Jesus bear the cross so we wouldn't have to? When I am suffering, of course, I seek God, but in my heart,... Read More