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The Resurrection of Our Bodies

The Resurrection of our Bodies   Last summer I had the privilege of speaking at all of the family fests at The Apostolate for Family Consecration (AFC) in Bloomingdale, Ohio. For me and my family, it was experiencing a renaissance of an apostolate whose message to the world now has greater relevance than ever. As a speaker traveling much that summer both in the United States and even to the Philippines, I was keenly aware... Read More

Whom Seek You?

Whom Seek You? Presence of God – O Lord, may I always seek You alone, and seeking You, may I have the grace to find You. MEDITATION In the Masses of Easter week, the Gospels recount the various apparitions of the risen Jesus; the first, and one of the most moving, is that to Mary Magdalen (John 20:11-18). In this episode Mary appears with her characteristic trait, that of a soul completely possessed by the love of God. When... 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 question, it seems... Read More

Reflecting on Blind Obedience

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on blind obedience. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does Fr. Gabriel mean by obedience and why should we be obedient to our superiors? How is obedience the free sacrifice of liberty? Do we have to be obedient in the case of a sinful act? How should someone in religious life handle situations of obedience when the... Read More

The Litany of Humility: How Can I be Freed From the Desire to be Loved?

March 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Humility, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

Dear Father John, I am trying to pray the Litany of Humility [by Servant of God Cardinal Merry del Val] with special reverence and attentiveness during this Lent, and in doing so the following question keeps recurring to me: In the Litany of Humility, the second request is: “From the desire of being loved, Lord Jesus, free me!” How am I to understand this request? I had thought that to want to love and to be loved is... Read More

Difficulties in Obedience

Difficulties in Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me the secret of humble obedience which submits to every superior and every command. MEDITATION Although obedience is precious because it places our whole life in God’s will, nevertheless, in practice it has its difficulties and these arise chiefly because the command itself does not come directly from God but through His representatives. Thus it often happens... 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 penitence, sacrifice or self-sacrifice,... Read More

Confessing Our Sins Opens the Way to Holiness

Sins

Confessing Our Sins Opens the Way to Holiness Lent is the time of year when God obligates us to prepare our hearts and to purify our souls so that we are ready to receive Our Lord in His glorious coming at Easter. There’s no time to delay. The Bible says, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). During this season, every day we should try to make a good examination of conscience... Read More

Not Excusing Oneself

Not Excusing Oneself   Presence of God – O Jesus, who willed to be silent before him who condemned You to death, teach me the art of not excusing myself. MEDITATION In any failure, fault, or personal error, our ego instinctively tries to excuse itself. It is the tactic of pride–which is not willing to admit its mistakes and schemes–to hide them under more or less false pretexts, always finding some way to blame... Read More

Humility Through Humiliations

Humility Through Humiliations   Summary: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on humility through the willful acceptance of humiliations. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why should we strive to be humble? Why is humility the doorway to all of the virtues? In the gospels, how does Jesus look upon those who are humble as opposed to those who are prideful? Should... Read More

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