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Catholic Spiritual Direction

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

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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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

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

March 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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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

Sayings of Light and Love #19

February 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, John of the Cross

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The soul that in aridity and trial submits to the dictates of reason is more pleasing to God than one that does everything with consolation, yet fails in this submission. Saint 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... Read More

The Sweetest Heart of Jesus

February 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

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THE SWEETEST HEART OF JESUS From the corner of my church pew, Sometimes I feel alone, When I see the happy couples,  In love when I’m alone. + I hide behind my lacy veil, And duck my head to pray, ‘Please, Jesus, be my Valentine This sweetheart’s special day.’ + I look up past the altar rails, And see the Sacred Heart, His eyes full of affection and My tears begin to start. + His Mother stands... Read More

Consolation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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CONSOLATION: An interior movement aroused in the soul, by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord. It is likewise consolation when one sheds tears that move to the love of God, whether it be because of sorrow for sins, or because of the sufferings of Christ our Lord, or for any other reason that is immediately directed to the praise and service of God. Consolation can also be every increase... Read More

What is Spiritual Consolation?

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Dear Father John, what kind of general advice should I give to a person who is experiencing a lot of consolation in their spiritual life? From what this person has told me in spiritual direction, this consolation is certainly coming from God. Is there any practical advice I should give this person? God gives consolation in order to strengthen us and draw us closer to himself, just as he allows desolation... Read More

Broken? – Stanza VI – Part II

October 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

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Broken, to the World means useless.  “We must be strong, and never weak!” But in contrast to this vision, brokenness is what You seek. The original idea that came to me with this stanza was the image of what is strong and powerful in the world, especially that which is depicted in the media as being such, as opposed to the image of Our Lady at the foot of the cross.  Imagine the mass media headlines... Read More

CSD Book Club – Spiritual Combat – The Joy of Suffering

July 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The sufferings brought by the heat, or cold, or any other inconvenience, the heavy weight of grief or sorrow, may be considered as the eternal decrees of Providence which sends suffering for your own good and proportions it to your strength. In this way, God’s fatherly love and tenderness for you will become evident. It is apparent in the opportunities that He gives you to serve Him in the way that... Read More

How does a person learn to love God? – Part II of II

July 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Virtue

Dear Father John, if contemplative prayer is seeking Him whom my soul loves, what does one do to learn how to love God? I see this as a huge gap in the development of Catholic life and Catholic spirituality among the laity. We teach people how to worship, how to pray, what is right and wrong, but we never teach people – young or old – how to love the God we cannot see and touch and hold,... Read More

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