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Catholic Spiritual Direction

What is Holiness?

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Editor’s Note:  Tomorrow we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Above my desk where my MacBook, printer, and lamp share their home, hangs a large framed print of one of my favorite saints, Ignatius of Loyola. He’s dressed in a red chasuble and stole, the traditional vestments for the celebration of Mass. His eyes gaze heavenward; there is a glow on his face... Read More

Prayer

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The Paradox of Holiness and Communion

The Paradox of Holiness and Communion To be holy is to be set apart. To be in communion is to be in solidarity with one another.  Prayer both sets us apart and establishes us in a deeper communion. It is a paradox. Although this mystery is... Read More

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Apostolic Immolation

Apostolic Immolation Presence of God– O Jesus, immolated for my salvation, make me worthy to immolate myself with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION Apostolic prayer must be accompanied by sacrifice, as we learn from the prayer which... Read More

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Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my... Read More

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Aridity or Dryness

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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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The Labor and Work I Put into Spiritual Growth Doesn’t Seem to Get Results. Help!

Editor’s Note:  This is another excerpt from Father John Bartunek’s new book “Seeking First the Kingdom” filled with “practical examples and down-to-earth... 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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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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Navigating the Interior Life – Now in Spanish!

Navigating the Interior Life – Now in Spanish!   “Navegando... Read More

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Does Jesus Contradict Himself? I’m Confused! What is Up to Me?

Does Jesus Contradict Himself?  I’m Confused! What is Up to Me? I... Read More

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Lord, I offer You everything…Except X

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The Way of Perfection (Week 9 of 10) If you have truly abandoned yourself to God’s... Read More

Wanting What I Get

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The Way of Perfection (Week 8 of 10) Thou knowest us, my Lord, and Thou knowest... Read More

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