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Is Group Spiritual Direction a Good Thing?

June 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

What do you think about group spiritual direction which is in vogue in some circles today? Is that a good way to get spiritual direction? Thank you for your time in answering my question. The essence of spiritual direction is the relationship between the spiritual director and the directee. The interaction and dialogue that happens in that relationship is deeply personal and personalized. Discerning... Read More

Where in the World is Carmel?

Where in the World is Carmel?   An interesting question in more ways than one! And one that requires some thought. Just to clear up any confusion right at the beginning, Carmel doesn’t mean the delicious, sweet, sticky candy. That is caramel, with a different spelling and three syllables! The word Carmel is of Hebrew origin and means a “garden, orchard, or park.” So, would we be in Carmel... Read More

Ascetical Theology, Finding a Spiritual Director, Distractions in Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and dealing with distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is ascetical theology? What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology? What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross? Is... Read More

To Prepare Our Hearts for the Coming of the Savior

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and purpose of Advent? Why should we fast during Advent? How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas? What are... Read More

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to put into the service of the apostolate all the talents I have received from You. MEDITATION Together with the natural virtues placed at the service of apostolic charity, it is also necessary to consider the other human qualities which give the apostle an ascendency in his field of activity, not for his... Read More

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls   Jesus lives mystically in souls, reproducing in them all the mysteries of His mortal life. With the keen in­tuition of her love, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood the mystery of this mystical sleep, expressing it with her inimitable language, full of ingenuous and truest poetry: “Jesus slept in my boat, as was His wont. But how rarely will souls allow Him... Read More

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness     Who would find this easy to believe: that mildness is just as necessary as force, perhaps even more so, to become a saint? Mildness is not weakness; rather, it is an indication of strength. Weak souls do their works with noise and show; the strong operate with marvelous gentleness. Life is as strong as it is gentle; love is as powerful as... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor's Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology?

Why Study Spiritual Theology? 7 Reasons Avila Institute Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology   To learn from our top-notch faculty: The quality of our faculty is one of the greatest things about the Avila Institute. In the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology, the majority of our professors have Doctorates in theology, and many have published books which are leading the faithful closer to... Read More

Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie

January 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Discernment, Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

Guidance for Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie   There is a movie coming out of Martin Scorsese called, Silence. It was screened by The Vatican, I think. It is about how the Jesuits were evangelizing Japan, and all the socio-economic and cultural challenges, related to trade etc. occurring at that time. Since it is about Faith, do you have a resource that analyzes where the... Read More

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