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Demon possession, mental illness, and depression – What is the difference?

November 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare


Dear Father John, What is the difference between demon possession and mental illness or depression as you discuss in unit 122 of “The Better Part?” There is no cut-and-dried answer. Here are some basic principles. Not all psychological difficulties can be classified as mental illness. Some are linked to changeable patterns of behavior or basic human maturity issues. These can be remedied by healthy living, sense of community,... Read More

Skype and remote spiritual direction… is this ok?

November 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Finding a Director, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Dear Father John, I have loved reading your blog and have gained many insights from it that I will put into practice! I have been wondering about a spiritual direction question: I live quite a distance from the priest I would prefer to seek direction from and it is difficult for us to connect. I was wondering if it was possible to do spiritual direction remotely using a phone, email or video messaging (eg: Skype). I understand... Read More

39. Doing Good Well — Matthew 12:9-21

November 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Our divine Savior brought to ignorant and weak man his truth and his grace: truth to point out the road leading to his goal; grace to give him the strength to reach that goal. To travel on that road means, in practice, to accept the will and the commandments of Christ, to conform one’s life to them.”  – Pope Pius XII Matthew 12:9-21: He moved on from there and went to their synagogue, and a man was there at the time... Read More

Introduction to Spiritual Warfare – Part IV of IV – Getting Down to Action

November 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare


Dear Father John, I have been working on my prayer life consistently for a few years. During this time I have been on retreats and other similar activities. I have noticed a strange pattern: the conservative groups I have had contact with talk a lot about spiritual warfare, but the less traditionalist groups don’t. Until now, I haven’t paid much attention to the discrepancy. But lately I was wondering if maybe I should look... Read More

Psalm 63 – A Psalm of King David When in the Wilderness of Judah

November 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations


Psalm 63 — A Psalm of King David When in the Wilderness of Judah O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. Because thy steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise thee. So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on thy name. Psalm 63 verses... Read More

My bed calls to me…

November 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Theophilus

This morning Lord, my heart is dull and seems only half alive. I come before you only by my will, not my desire. I am tired and weary after a night of tossing and turning. My muscles ache, I am weak, the bed is calling me back. Why is my soul so fickle and seemingly so subject to the weaknesses of my flesh? One day it is inflamed with passion for you. The next, it is lifeless – because of sleep? Still, I love you Jesus my... Read More

My pastor mentioned my sins in the homily – I am mortified – What do I do?

November 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Penance/Confession, Sacraments


Dear Father Joseph, The last time I went to confession, the priest ended up using my fears and sins (the ones I had confessed) while preaching his next Sunday homily. I want to go back, but I was so humiliated by this. Help!!! It is not hard to see how uncomfortable this must have been. Our sins and failures cause us tremendous suffering and it can be a terrible mortification to even suspect that others may know what they are.... Read More

Brother Lawrence – Continual Conversation With God

November 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Brother Lawrence, Dan Burke, Meditations, Practicing Presence, Prayer

Dear Reverend and very honored Mother, To become truly spiritual the heart must be empty of all other things, since God desires to be its only Master. And since He cannot be its Master without emptying it of all that is not Himself, He is prevented from doing all that He desires if it is not empty. There is no manner of life in the world more sweet or more delicious than continual conversation with God. They alone can understand... Read More

38. Greater Than the Temple (Matthew 12:1-8)

November 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“There are many people whose spirits are in their bodies like corpses in their tombs. And, just as God will, at the end of time, raise up dead bodies by his word, so he now gives life to dead spirits by the power of his word.”  – St. Humbert of Romans Matthew 12:1-8: At that time Jesus took a walk one sabbath day through the cornfields. His disciples were hungry and began to pick ears of corn and eat them. The Pharisees... Read More

Marriage Spirituality – Book Recommendation

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer, Resources

On our last post about Marriage Spirituality Rachel asked, “I like these but is there a prayer that encompasses more of the life and responsibilities spouses share together such as parenting, etc.” So – this prayer book recommendation is just for you Rachel! Please purchase from us HERE to support this site. Here’s a summary: Couples marry intending to share everything. But what about prayer? Do you share... Read More

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