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Making the Most of Advent

Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I've grown spiritually, I don't read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don't seem as interesting, and two, they don't seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds our daily activities contains anti-Christian values.... Read More

Distractions in Prayer

Distractions in Prayer Golden Lion Tamarin monkey, Adrian Pingstone, 30 July 2003, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons. What do giant trees and screaming monkeys have to do with praying? Dan and Melissa will tell you. Join them as they discuss reasons why we are distracted in prayer, and offer some strategies to deal with the distractions in prayer. “A Hermit Praying”, Gerrit Dou, between 1645 and 1675, PD-US author’s life plus... Read More

Surviving Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 28 Pt 2

Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa's letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition ourselves spiritually to withstand... Read More

Joy in Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 28 Pt 1

Joy in Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In the midst of her own suffering, St. Teresa “lifts the eyes” of Doña Maria de Mendoza who is experiencing trials. St. Teresa consoles her friend by helping her to understand God's role in her suffering. Dan and Melissa discuss joy in suffering, suffering, emotions, and acts of the will as they reflect on letters from St.... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do with Faith? (Part II of II)

August 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Development, Spiritual Life

What do books have to do with faith? (Part II of II) Editor's Note:  In part one, we looked at what literature is and the magnificent power of poetry.  Today, we will examine drama and fiction, and talk about the positive effect that the fine arts can have on our spiritual development. Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don't need stuff like that to have... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site. We don't need stuff like that to have a relationship with God. What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway? Please help. I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for learning to love God with our whole mind. Yet... Read More

Freeing My Heart

Freeing My Heart Dear Father John, I love God so much and want to be completely open to Him. How do I detach my heart from the things that bind it to this world? IN HIS PARABLE of the sower and the seed, Jesus pointed out that having good soil is not sufficient to assure fruitful growth. Some seed fell on excellent soil, but it shared that soil with thorn bushes. The thorn bushes grew with the good seed and choked it. Jesus draws... Read More

What does God Really Want from Us? (Part II of II)

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Development

…A reader asks: Dear Father John, why does God chastise us for pride and vanity but demands our absolute adoration? I know that men wrote the Bible. These are vices of the ego. I have studied Carl Jung. Is it possible that our interpretation of God was based on our projection of “power” and our human ego structure? What we thought godlike demands would be? I thought God was ego-less…Why does he want us on our knees? In... Read More

What does God really Want from Us? (Part I of II)

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Development

Dear Father John, why does God chastise us for pride and vanity but demands our absolute adoration? I know that men wrote the Bible. These are vices of the ego. I have studied Carl Jung. Is it possible that our interpretation of God was based on our projection of “power” and our human ego structure? What we thought godlike demands would be? I thought God was ego-less…Why does he want us on our knees? Thank you so much for... Read More

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