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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Unitive Love

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Unitive Love Presence of God – My God, You have infused love into my soul. Grant that it may increase until it brings me to union with You. MEDITATION “God continues to do and to work in the soul by means of this night, illumining and enkindling it divinely with yearnings for God alone and for naught else whatever” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul, II,... Read More

Prayer

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God Turns Sinners into Saints

God turns Sinners into Saints Sometimes my mind is too tired or distracted to engage in detailed meditations during prayer time. I look for a simple image to focus on that will bring me into God’s presence and still my scattered thoughts.... Read More

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Prayer and Purgatory: Thresholds to Glory

Prayer and Purgatory: Thresholds to Glory Purgatory and prayer are both the thresholds to Glory.   In both cases, the disciple of the Lord receives purification to live life to the full, to be free, to stand before God and, finally, to... Read More

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Offering More Than One Mass For the Deceased

Offering more than one Mass for the deceased Dear Father John, we have Mass said for the repose of a soul during their funeral. The Eucharist itself is said to be infinitely valuable and thus there is no greater value to offer to God. Why do... Read More

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Aridity or Dryness

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The Night of the Spirit

The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The... Read More

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Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love... Read More

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Spiritual Warfare

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Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn... Read More

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The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

The Devil: Is He for Real?  Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things... Read More

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Spiritual Direction

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Consolation and Abandonment

Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord,... Read More

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The Night of the Spirit

The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into... Read More

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New Day, New Blessings

To say that I love being a high school chaplain is an understatement. ... Read More

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Loving with Everything We’ve Got

Dear Father John,  you’ve written about seeking first the kingdom... Read More

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Book Club

Important Book Club Announcement

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  Dear Friends, I know many of you were looking forward to beginning a new... Read More

Humility Might Be the Death of Me

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The Way of Perfection (Week 10 of 10) …perfect souls are in no way repelled... Read More

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