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New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode: Questions and Answers – Overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.

“St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.” Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about delving into the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: In what order should one read the writings... Read More

The Purgative to Illuminative Way, Sin, & Mental Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about transitioning from the purgative way to the illuminative way, recognizing sin, and the importance of mental prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do you know if you're making the transition between the purgative and illuminative way? How do we know if we are committing mortal or venial sin? If we had to choose... Read More

Is the Occasion of Sin a Sin?

June 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Direction

I was watching a video on YouTube not too long ago. On it, I was disturbed to hear a priest say, or intimate, that the occasion of sin was itself a sin. That’s never occurred to me. It sounds so strange and it seems like, in a scrupulous person, it could fuel scrupulosity. What’s the bottom line? Is the occasion of sin itself actually a sin? Could it be a sin sometimes? And, sometimes not? Does... Read More

Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy

Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy […Some time ago, a] young woman was eagerly learning the art of surrender to the Divine Instructor. Jesus revealed to St. Maria Faustina, an obscure Religious Sister in Poland, His deep love and mercy for all humanity and appointed her as His ‘Messenger of Mercy’. His message involved a request for our childlike confidence in His love and a renewed call... Read More

Should I Still Go to Confession if I Have Nothing to Confess?

Dear Father John, I recently heard someone mention the term “devotional confession.” I think this is what I need, but I am not sure what it really is. Is this the kind of confession we do when we are no longer living with habitual mortal or venial sins? Is this where we re-confess old sins to gain the benefit of the sacrament? But if it is, isn’t that scrupulosity? Any guidance will be appreciated. Your... Read More

How to Prevent a Temptation from Becoming a Sin

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How to Prevent a Temptation from Becoming a Sin We have not much difficulty in seeing that temptation is no evil and that consent alone makes the sin. That which troubles and disquiets those whom God subjects to this painful trial is the fear of offending God and their ignorance of the principles by which they may reassure themselves, not being able to distinguish between temptation and consenting... Read More

The Meaning of True Glory

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen and the meaning of true glory. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How did the idea of honor and glory affect St. Teresa of Avila and the Convent of the Incarnation? Why does honor and/or glory impede us in our pursuit of heaven? How does awareness of our sinful behavior help us stay humble? How... Read More

How do Penance and Mortification Differ?

Dear Father John, OK, now I have a better grasp of what we mean by “mortification,” but that has raised another question. Is there a difference between mortification and penance or penitence. This is a very interesting question. The distinction between mortification (synonymous in most spiritual writers with self-denial, abnegation, self-renunciation, dying to self) and penance (synonymous with... Read More

How Deadly Sins Affect Our Relationship with God

Which sins are the most detrimental to our relationship with God? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discover the answer to this question as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the seven deadly sins and where are they in the Bible? Why are these sins “deadly”? Who are... Read More

Confession

Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only... Read More

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