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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?


Dear Dan, I am Catholic. I committed grave sins when I was a teen that I have lived in guilt and anxiety over for almost two decades. I pray every day about them. I have prayed in church but I have never been to confession. I am afraid to go to confession because I am scared I will not be forgiven or kicked out of the “church”. I want to go to Heaven. I love God and Jesus. Are there any... Read More

Pet Sins and the Brick Wall of “I Don’t Need Confession”

July 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 13 of 16) We cannot successfully battle with enemies abroad when the forces within us are in a state of rebellion. Thus we see that the devil first tempted Our Savior to gluttony, wishing to make himself master of the avenue through which all other vices find an easy entrance. Chapter 34, Paragraph 2 Remember that your soul can never rule the flesh, if it be not itself... Read More

Our Next Book: The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Granada

April 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Featured, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 1 of 16) Today, five weeks into Lent, we continue the process of purifying our souls and turning our hearts and minds back to God, that we may better enjoy the springtime of Easter in the coming season.  I’ve no doubt The Sinner’s Guide will prove an essential resource during this time.  Yes, we’ll continue our exploration of The Sinner’s... Read More

A New and Personal Pentecost of Heart (Part IV of IV)

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann


In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  In our third discussion, we explored the charisms of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we will talk about a new and personal “Pentecost of the Heart”. Have you ever experienced living “in... Read More

Penance – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary


PENANCE: The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one’s own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s... Read More

Saint Angela of Foligno and the Enlightenment of Penance

October 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Penance/Confession


Even though she died in 1309, Saint Angela of Foligno helps us appreciate the enlightenment that can come from a life of penance.  It was a time not unlike our own. Epicureanism was destroying society even as great saints attempted to help their contemporaries see that there is so much more than the short term pleasures of the here and now.  Saint Angela started out more on the Epicurean side of... Read More

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?


How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget? While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing,” he said during a retreat presentation and added, “The hurt is not gone,... Read More

Pope Francis and the Pathway to Easter

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Pope Francis was just elected and we look forward to his message to the Universal Church in the coming days.  He is a man of deep prayer and a man of profound concern for the poor.  At the beginning of Lent, he made an impassioned plea to the clergy and religious of Argentina, “The Kingdom of God may need our hearts torn by the desire for conversion and for the love, the breaking forth of grace... Read More

CSD Book Club – The Imitation of Christ (Week 9 of 10)

February 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Imitation of Christ   Woe to you… Examine your conscience with great care, and cleanse and purify it as best you can by true contrition and a humble confession. Thus, nothing grievous will remain in you and you will know of nothing that could cause you remorse and hinder your free access to Me. In general, be sorry for all your sins, but in particular, you must grieve and bewail those... Read More

Video – Help me understand confession

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Fr. John and Dan talk about how to better understand confession. About Marta GoodwinMail | More Posts (41)  Read More →

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