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The Catholic Guide to Loneliness

  Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with Dr. Kevin Vost and interview him on his book The Catholic Guide to Loneliness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is loneliness? Is social media causing people to become less connected? What are the three psychological and behavioral components to loneliness? What are some unhealthy... Read More

How does Cloistering Serve God at the Highest Level?

June 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Cloister, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, my question is “How does cloistering serve God at the highest level?” Let me explain the origin of my question. In college, I was introduced for the first time to Hasidic Jews. My initial impression was that I found it odd that they isolated themselves so much from others in their pursuit of faith-purity. Couldn’t it be considered odd to say one is devoted to God, creator... Read More

Isolation & Loneliness, Above All In Spiritual Life: How To Deal?

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa, I am committed to developing my prayer life and life of virtue but I am feeling isolated, lonely, and I am struggling. What should I do? A great evil it is for a soul to be alone in the midst of so many dangers. It seems to me that if I should have had someone to talk with (through my spiritual struggles) it would have helped me… For this reason, I would counsel those who practice... Read More