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Our Lady of Sorrows, Cause of Our Joy

September 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Feast Days, FEATURED, Mary, Suffering, The Cross

Our Lady of Sorrows This week we'll celebrate two important feasts: the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, on September 14, and the following day, September 15, we'll remember Our Lady of Sorrows.  Two days linked forever in meaning, inseparable, poignant. September 15 also happens to be my birthday.  And for a long time, as long as I was old enough to realize who I shared the day with, I felt a little... Read More

Disobedience of the Fallen Angels

Thanks for good answer, but still I find room for expansion. For example, if the Devils knew very clearly that their disobedience would have made them miserable, did they possess a complete picture of their future situation when they rebelled? Or are they so masochistic that they like to be miserable? Also, why our Good Lord would give them a kind of role in the following creation of humans, as e.g.... Read More

What Does the Church Say About Shrunken Heads?

February 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Dignity, Fr. Bartunek, Magic

Dear Father John, I know a Catholic who has a genuine shrunken head in their home on display. It’s a little creepy to me, to say the least. I have prayed for all involved. Can you shed some light on what the Church has to say about this? Is voodoo involved with shrunken heads? Let’s both hope that you are somehow mistaken, that this item is in fact not a “genuine shrunken head”! And if it truly... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (I/II)

In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember St. John of the Cross... Read More

Mental Prayer – Spiritual Dictionary

MENTAL PRAYER: The form of prayer in which the sentiments expressed are one's own and not those of another person, and the expression of these sentiments is mainly, if not entirely, interior and not externalized (e.g. not vocalized).  Mental prayer is accomplished by internal acts of the mind and affections that are a loving and discursive (reflective) consideration of religious truths or some mystery... Read More

Meditation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

MEDITATION: Reflective prayer.  It is that form of mental prayer in which the mind, in God's presence, thinks about God and divine things.  While the affections may also be active, the stress in meditation is on the role of the intellect.  Hence this is also called discursive mental prayer.  The objects of meditation are mainly three: mysteries of faith; a person's better knowledge of what God... Read More

Ignatian Conscience Exam on Faith, Hope & Love

If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of St. Ignatius' treatment of what he calls the particular examination of conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide, “Some Notes on Scruples.” It is... Read More