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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

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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

How to Forgive

June 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Najim, Healing, Spiritual Direction, Videos

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How to Forgive With our thanks, once again, to Father Michael Najim who has graciously shared this short video with us from his blog liveholiness.com, where this video was first posted. Editor’s Note:  Tomorrow is Pentecost.  Pray that the Lord will give us a heart of compassion.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will give us this gift of knowing how to forgive. About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese... Read More

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Patti Maguire Armstrong

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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, it is just buried deep within.” Since... Read More

Video – How can I forgive?

February 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek, Videos

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How to Forgive! Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke discuss forgiveness, and ways that we can overcome the challenges we face when wounded by others. 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 Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church,... Read More

Why does God only forgive when we repent?

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. McCloskey

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Dear Father McCloskey, why does God only forgive after we repent and turn back to Him, while we are asked to forgive regardless of whether or not the “offending” person asks for our forgiveness and repents? Dear Sister in Christ, you are not alone in your perplexity: I have wrestled with this question myself. The answer simply is that we owe God everything, including our life and redemption and the possibility of eternal life... Read More

How can I forgive someone when they do not repent? – Part II of II

July 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I have had this question regarding forgiveness ever since my husband filed for divorce and treated me terribly during the process. He never acknowledged his treatment of me nor repented and asked for forgiveness, yet, in confession I was always told that I still must forgive him. Fortunately, eventually God gave me the grace to forgive him, as He made me see that, sinner that I am, in God’s eyes who am I... Read More

How can I forgive someone when they do not repent? – Part I of II

June 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, I have had this question regarding forgiveness ever since my husband filed for divorce and treated me terribly during the process. He never acknowledged his treatment of me nor repented and asked for forgiveness, yet, in confession I was always told that I still must forgive him. Fortunately, eventually God gave me the grace to forgive him, as He made me see that, sinner that I am, in God’s eyes who am I... Read More

Divine Mercy Sunday – Time to Celebrate God’s Mercy

April 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Forgiveness, Indulgences

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Worried about the world situation? About your spiritual life? Jesus gives us the hope-filled solution. Seek and accept his mercy. Start in the Eastertide, celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, then continue with the devotion. Jesus himself called for this devotion and feast. He made his urgent, essential request through Polish mystic St. Faustina Kowalska, the first saint canonized in the New Millennium by John Paul II. Jesus said, “I... Read More

I am struggling with resentment towards the Church, what should I do?

February 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Forgiveness

Dear Dan, I have been Catholic for three years now, and am very grateful for the gift of faith. However, I have recently been struggling with resentment towards the Church – feeling that there are too many demands, hardships, that too much is being asked of me. How does one combat resentment? Dear Friend, welcome home! I am sorry to hear about your suffering. Immediately after reading your question, Jesus’ call to rest... Read More

Are you worth the time? Why would a priest take time for me?

October 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Forgiveness, Spiritual Direction

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Why would a priest spend time with a nobody like me? In the past year I have talked with a number of good Catholics interested in spiritual direction. Almost all of them expressed a feeling of being unworthy of a priest taking time out just for them. One woman said, “Why would a priest spend time with a nobody like me?” Now, mind you, this woman recently fought through some very difficult challenges and converted to... Read More

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