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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

The Transition from Meditation to Contemplation

What is really happening when it feels like God is distancing Himself from us in our prayer lives? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How is prayer progressive in its nature? Our goal with prayer is union with God. Why do most people... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Course (Part 1)

“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9 Do you have trouble hearing the voice of God? Do you want to grow in your spiritual life? Are you struggling to overcome sin? Join us at the Avila Institute... Read More

Emotions in Prayer & Bringing Loved Ones to Christ

  Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due... Read More

Discernment, Holiness and God’s Voice

Discernment, Holiness and God's Voice   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa take your questions on establishing a consistent prayer time, discerning God's voice in prayer and growing in holiness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: In a world filled with noise and distractions, how is it possible to slow down and spend time listening for God's voice? Regular prayer is essential for our salvation. We... Read More

Emotions in Prayer

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? How... Read More

3 Ways to Discern the Voice of God

Do you want to be set free? When he is teaching on Discernment of Spirits, Dan Burke often says that “not all of the voices in your head are from you, and you don’t have to listen to them.” Find out how to learn more about discerning the voice of God via this post! “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36 Do you believe that the Christ has the power to... Read More

Why are Saints Sometimes Pictured with Skulls?

Why are saints sometimes pictured with skulls?   Does that mean they are preoccupied with death? There sure seems to be an awful lot of that in old art. God bless you and your ministry. Yes, indeed, skulls make frequent appearances in Christian art, even today. I can understand your question about this practice; because, putting skulls everywhere can seem kind of morbid – especially... Read More

Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian at some point in his or her journey of faith ends up asking the question: How do I know when the thoughts I have are from God? Discerning the will of God is not always easy to do, but the Ignatian tradition of discernment of spirits can help. Íñigo López de Loyola was a soldier who experienced... Read More

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