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The Three Advents of Ascent

December 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Seasonal Meditations

The Three Advents of Ascent As I sit here writing this I just returned from giving a retreat to a group of Directors of Religious Education based in part on my book Navigating the Interior Life. We talked about spiritual growth secrets of the saints yesterday, and then with one more session to go, I lost my voice – 100% gone. Now at home I am wiped out, tired, and feeling run down. Even so, I... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part I of III

December 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of anxiety. What am I doing wrong? How can I reverse the proportion? Progress on the path of holiness requires sincerity with God and sincerity with ourselves. How can we move forward if we aren’t... Read More