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Catholic Spiritual Direction

What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”

July 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, what does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?”  I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc) and go to mass regularly, however, I don’t know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not.  Let’s start answering your question with a question:... Read More

Can a Catholic Have a Personal Relationship with Jesus?

November 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

I posted this over at the National Catholic Register and thought that you might find it helpful… We have our deacons and our religious directors, our priests and bishops and our cardinals … and our pope. We have confession, the Eucharist, penance, indulgences, litanies and prayers repetitively prayed to Christ’s mother. Yet, what of Christ? As our protestant brothers and sisters contend, has... Read More

His desire for you…

January 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayer

For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me; that he wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great and holy God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a relationship with any human, let alone one as broken as... Read More

What does it Mean to have a Personal Relationship with Jesus?

May 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Salvation

Dear Father John, What does it mean to have a “personal relationship with Christ?” I pray regularly (rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, etc.) and go to mass regularly, however, I don’t know that “personal relationship” would describe my understanding and experience of God. Am I missing something? Maybe, but maybe not. Let’s start answering your question with a question: When... Read More

What does the “born again” experience have to do with our salvation, and with our friendship with Christ?

September 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Salvation

Dear Father John, I am a fairly recent convert to the faith. My conversion took place over a period of 3 years in which I had a series of powerful experiences of God’s presence and action in my life. It wasn’t just coming into the Church for me – it was discovering that Jesus is a real person, someone interested in my life. During my conversion, I understood this turn-around (this discovery of... Read More