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Particular Examen – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

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PARTICULAR EXAMEN: Regular prayerful examination of one’s conscience by concentrating on some one particular moral failing to be overcome or virtue to be exercised.  Its focus is on such external manifestations of the fault or virtue as can be remembered for periodic inventory.  Particular examens are changed weekly, monthly, or otherwise in order to ensure maximum attention.  They are also commonly associated with some... Read More

Examen – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

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EXAMEN: Reflection in God’s presence on one’s state of soul that has some reference to a specific adopted standard of conduct (i.e. Rule of Life or commitments etc.) This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here. About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the... Read More

I am stuck in my spiritual growth… how do I get unstuck? This is frustrating! Part II of II

Spiral Transit Interior Castles Featured

Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck in somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. In our first post in this two part series we talked about a few of the reasons we get stuck and touched on the key issues we often... Read More

I am stuck in my spiritual growth… how do I get unstuck? This is frustrating! Part I of II

Spiral Transit Interior Castles Featured

Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. Teresa posits conformity to God’s will as the first principle of spiritual growth In her Way of Perfection: Chapter 16. She reminds... Read More

Encounter With Mercy

Announcing: Encounter With Mercy – A Step-by-Step Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation I am happy to announce the first official publication of Catholic Spiritual Direction! The forward is written by Cardinal Justin Rigali. This step-by-step guide is compact (back pocket or purse size), simple to read, and perfect for rediscovering or deepening our understanding and practice of one of the greatest gifts we have as Catholics.... Read More

A new diagnosis of my root sin…

A New Diagnosis of my Root Sin… I was back in my home state and surprised to get the call. I couldn’t imagine what it would be about. I was in the Texas emergency room one week earlier after air travel triggered debilitating imbalance so severe that I couldn’t even walk on my own. The doctor discovered something in the x-ray of my brain when I was in the emergency room. “You need a more in-depth review of... Read More

Shouldn’t we go to confession more frequently than just the minimum required?

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Sacraments

Dear Father John, In the Catechism (CCC 2042) the second precept states: “You shall confess your sins at least once a year.” The qualification of having knowledge of a mortal sin is gone. (Or is it still mentioned somewhere else?)  It makes sense to me that the precept is correct as stated because, as I believe St. Teresa of Avila teaches, a soul can be lost due to the multiplication of venial sins. If this is true,... Read More

Ignatian Examination of Conscience on Faith, Hope, and Love

August 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Penance/Confession, Sacraments, Sin

If there is one part of the spiritual life that St. Ignatius stressed, it was the daily–and even twice daily–examination of conscience. As we read the Spiritual Exercises, we may be overwhelmed by the minute detail of St. Ignatius’ treatment of what he calls the particular examination of conscience. At the same time, he is careful to provide, “Some Notes on Scruples.” It is very important, therefore,... Read More

How and why should I practice a daily examination of conscience? – Part II of II

June 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, My spiritual director is recommending that I practice a daily “examination of conscience.” I thought this was just for religious, etc. Can you help me understand more about this, how it should be done, and why? In our first post we covered the “why” and an introduction to the “how” of a daily examination of conscience. This post will help you with the practical steps you need to achieve... Read More

How and why should I practice a daily examination of conscience? – Part I of II

June 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Fr. Bartunek

 Dear Father John, My spiritual director is recommending that I practice a daily “examination of conscience.” I thought this was just for religious, etc. Can you help me understand more about this, how it should be done, and why? This is a critical issue for deepening your friendship with Christ. Critical. Hands down, this spiritual discipline (the daily examination of conscience) is a central plank in the platform leading... Read More