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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

August 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Featured, Forgiveness


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 sins that are not forgivable?... Read More

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Divine Mercy, Liz Estler, Videos


DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY The Divine Mercy Message   Jesus, I Trust in You! The message of the Divine Mercy is that God loves all of us. His mercy is greater than our sins, greater than any of them! Understanding and recognizing this, we are to trust Him and call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. In this way everyone will come to share His joy. Art:  ”Divine Mercy” Painting... Read More

How does a person accept God’s mercy?

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Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn’t accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing that this resistance is... Read More

Praying in Humility and Mercy

April 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Conversion, Divine Mercy, Humility, Prayer


Is it possible to pray out of misery without falling into self-pity?   The question, posed by one of our readers, indicates a grave evil confronted in prayer.   Misery is the demeaning absence of God’s love, a love we have rejected.  Without the love God created us to know, we are restless and in our restlessness we are inclined to mistake our own bloated egos for God.  The gravity of such self-occupation is a perilous... Read More

Finding the Splendor of Mercy in the Shadow of Humdrum Days

April 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter

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“Oh humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye.” (Saint Faustina Kowalska, Diary, #1373) Saint Faustina Kowalska wrote these words in 1937 at the brink of falling into a very serious illness from which she would never recover.  She could not have known that this experience of darkness was only the beginning of many difficult days for herself, her native Poland and the Church.... Read More

Open the Floodgates of Mercy!

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Beginning on Good Friday and culminating on Divine Mercy Sunday, the second Sunday of the Octave of Easter, the Church turns her attention to the divine mystery of merciful love.  This devotion in different forms is a special gift from the saints of our era.  St. Therese of Lisieux made an offering of herself to this mystery at the end of the 19th Century.   Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity understood her vocation to praise... Read More

The Glory of Christ Crucified

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The Cross of Christ brings His glorious grace into the focus of contemplation.  It is a difficult mystery to dwell on. The heart sometimes finds itself weary and sometimes even too discouraged to fix its gaze on the agony of the Lord. This is where frequent confession and humble examination of conscience can help the practice of mental prayer – which is a humbled gaze of the heart on the mercy of God. Oftentimes, it is not... Read More

Gethsemane’s Night and the Hope of Christian Prayer

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Gethsemane: Those who enter into this hidden garden of prayer with fear of the Lord and right reverence are permitted to overhear part of the Son’s conversation with the Father in secret.  Extending the blessing He offered at the Last Supper, Christ offered perfect praise with bold confidence in the Father while cherishing everything about his human existence, especially His friends.  He was vigilant that they should not... Read More

Charity’s Infinite Overflowing Flood in the Midst of Trial

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Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity (1880 – 1906), a contemporary of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, is a Carmelite mystic from Dijon, France.   Her profound theological reflections are given in a tumultuous time, one not unlike our own.  The French government had begun to attack religious freedom with the intention of evicting religious orders and confiscating their properties.   The local bishop acquiesced to this political... Read More

More on Divine Mercy – Podcast Interview with Joseph Pronechen

April 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Easter, Seasonal Meditations

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HE IS RISEN! Dear Friends, this past Friday, I interviewed Joseph Pronechen.  Joseph Pronechen is the author of our recent post on Divine Mercy, for Register Radio. You can find that podcast here. The interview begins about half way through the show and we covered the FINCH acronym that outlines the basic elements and aspects of the devotion. The acronym is as follows: F – Feast of Divine Mercy I  – Image of Divine... Read More

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