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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Seasons of the Soul (Part II of III)

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Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Seasons of the Soul! (Part II of III)   Susan came for spiritual direction for the first time, after experiencing a spiritual awakening. When she prayed, God was richly present to her. She secretly wondered why other people struggled to pray. Brian, an awakened disciple for some time, yearned for the consolation of God in prayer. Periodically, God seemed... Read More

The Night of the Spirit

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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 difficult and bitter purification called the night of the spirit is necessary to extirpate the roots of imperfect habits. The purification of the soul begins with the night of sense, which, by putting the soul into obscurity... Read More

My Spiritual Growth Efforts Don’t Seem to Get Results. Help!

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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 wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life”.   I pray and do many good works.  But, the labor and work I put into spiritual growth doesn’t seem to get any results.  Help!!!!!!   OUR LORD... Read More

What to Do When the Well Runs Dry (Part II of II)

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What to Do When the Well Runs Dry (Part II of II) …a reader asks: Dear Father John, there was a time early in my prayer life that I experienced what I think is known as consolations. I have continued to grow in virtue and holiness (if I even know what that means) but my prayer life seems like it doesn’t match my life of virtue. I have listened to Dan Burke’s webinar on the three ways and... Read More

What to do When the Well Runs Dry? (Part I of II)

May 26, 2014 by  
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Dear Father John, there was a time early in my prayer life that I experienced what I think is known as consolations. I have continued to grow in virtue and holiness (if I even know what that means) but my prayer life seems like it doesn’t match my life of virtue. I have listened to Dan Burke’s webinar on the three ways and I am grateful to say that I don’t struggle with habitual sin at all. But,... Read More

Loving Attention to God

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Presence of God – O Lord, let Your presence be the light and strength of my soul, the aid and support of my prayer. MEDITATION If God invites the soul, by means of aridity, to a more simple and more profound form of prayer, it would be absurd to try to compel it to continue in meditation, which, moreover, it can no longer make. On the contrary, the soul ought to be encouraged to give up this form... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III)

April 14, 2014 by  
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Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness in prayer.  In the second installment of this series, we addressed our part in the struggle.  Today, we will look at God’s part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

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Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness or aridity in prayer.  Today, we will look at our part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t seem to get as much out of it as I used to.  Is this the “dark night... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #39

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My spirit has become dry because it forgets to feed on you. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church,... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – What is going on? (Part I of III)

March 31, 2014 by  
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Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t seem to get as much out of it as I used to.  Is it the “dark night of the soul”?  If not, what’s going on, and what should I do? The Catechism (#2731) mentions dryness as one of the most common obstacles to prayer.  But this... Read More

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