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Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are blessed to have Allison Ricciardi join our writing team.  Allison is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a guest on the Mother Angelica Live and Abundant Life Shows on EWTN, as well as Johnnette Benkovic’s Women of Grace Show.    Please welcome her warmly! What is the difference between counseling and spiritual direction? When should someone... Read More

Are you Anxious Today? Call on the Holy Spirit! (Part II of IV)

January 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  Today, we will take a look at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are. Have you ever been in a funk or a place where you were anxious about what was going to happen? The Holy Spirit hovers over our inner chaos and helps order, heal and empower us to live fully from our core.... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part I of III

December 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of anxiety. What am I doing wrong? How can I reverse the proportion? Progress on the path of holiness requires sincerity with God and sincerity with ourselves. How can we move forward if we aren’t... Read More

How to Overcome Anxiety

October 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Fr. Najim

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  Anxiety robs us of inner peace. Nothing good comes of it. Anxiety causes restless days, sleepless nights, and even affects our health. So if nothing good comes from anxiety, why do we allow it to have so much power over us? I think because it’s such a powerful emotion; it grips us, and we actually feel powerless over it. We feel that we are held captive by it. But do we need to be slaves to... Read More

Anxiety remains well after the election

December 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Fr. John, I am deeply distressed by the outcome of our election. I am beyond myself when I consider that more than 40% of Mass-going Catholics committed mortal sin (or something close depending on their knowledge) by voting for someone who will continue to support Planned Parenthood and abortion. I know it has only been a matter of days but I just can’t shake my anxiety over all of this.... Read More

How were Jesus and Mary able to remain perfect even during great anguish and sadness?

Dear Father John, in responding to questions on this forum, you’ve often said something like, “the interior turbulence that the situation is causing you is most likely not from the Holy Spirit”. I think St. Ignatius says something similar when discussing the discernment of the spirits. Since Jesus and Mary were perfect, how would you explain the great anguish and sadness that Jesus felt in the... Read More

Anxiety and Contemplation

February 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

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Anxiety and Contemplation …too many people are distressed [have anxiety] because they are not contemplatives. They do not take the time to nourish their own hearts and return them to peace by gazing with love upon Jesus. In order to resist fear and discouragement, it is necessary that through prayer – through a personal experience of God re-encountered, recognized and loved in prayer –... Read More

I need peace, I need your prayers…

September 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Peace, Suffering

I Need Peace, I Need Your Prayers… Dear Mother Luisita, I am deeply troubled by things that seem so trivial and I can’t seem to shake a sense of impending doom. My anxiety is constant. I need peace, I need your prayers. My beloved child, Accept my loving greeting and my prayer for you to be what God wants you to be. What about your soul? Is it taking little steps toward heaven or is it... Read More

Ignatian Examination of Conscience on Faith, Hope, and Love

If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of St. Ignatius’ treatment of what he calls the particular examination of conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide, “Some Notes on Scruples.” It... Read More