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Catholic Spiritual Direction

That Loving Knowledge of God

September 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, God's Love, God's Will, Knowing God, Silence

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That Loving Knowledge of God Although the Almighty is beyond the power of human understanding to grasp, Christians believe that knowing God’s Will is possible because Jesus, in his humanity offered for our sakes, has given us real access to God. The kind of knowledge the Risen Lord gives us is different than the merely factual kind of knowing. Such factual knowledge is all about simply knowing what to do – how to... Read More

What is God’s Will Regarding Suffering?

August 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will, Suffering

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Editor’s Note:  The following post comes from a new book by Fr. Bartunek published by Franciscan Media: “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. The questions and answers in this new book are some of Father John’s best.  Click here to learn more about the book…or if you wish to get it for a friend or relative who doesn’t read on line. With special endorsements by: Dan Burke:  “These questions... Read More

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

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I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It’s really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is a constant struggle for me,... Read More

Have a Blessed Life like St. Joseph this Christmas!

December 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, God's Will, Mary Kaufmann

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Over coffee one day, my eighty-five year old friend, Lorreene, a beautiful, white haired, genteel woman, leaned forward and said with a gleam in her eye, “Mary, I really have had a blessed life.” In the next breath, she continued, “You know, it has not always been easy. Remember the story about my son, John, who had severe migraine headaches, which not even treatment at the Mayo Clinic helped? What jumped started my deep... Read More

Is it God’s Will or Our Un/Worthiness? (Part II of II)

October 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

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…a readers asks: Dear Father John, I recently had two experiences that I can’t make sense out of. First, after a profound spiritual retreat, I became so convinced of my unworthiness, my sinfulness, that I cancelled a commitment I had made to do a special ceremony of blessing for some friends (non-Catholic). I just felt that I couldn’t stand in God’s place for that ceremony after what I discovered about myself on the... Read More

Is it God’s Will or Our Un/Worthiness? (Part I of II)

October 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

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Dear Father John, I recently had two experiences that I can’t make sense out of. First, after a profound spiritual retreat, I became so convinced of my unworthiness, my sinfulness, that I cancelled a commitment I had made to do a special ceremony of blessing for some friends (non-Catholic). I just felt that I couldn’t stand in God’s place for that ceremony after what I discovered about myself on the retreat! Second, just... Read More

Saint Catherine of Siena – the Key of Obedience

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Saint Catherine of Siena spent her life encouraging a deeper obedience to God the Father.  Although the earthly life of this Doctor of the Church ended over six hundred years ago, her spiritual teaching has passed into the universal patrimony of the Church.  In particular, the personal relationship she enjoyed with the eternal Father through her faith in Christ crucified can help us reassess our own attitudes toward the Fatherhood... 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

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive

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When our prayer takes us to the Mount of Olives, we discover the mystery of the Cross in all kinds of trials.   Before that impending evil life throws at us, we often find our desires on a collision course with God’s desires.  Some of these trials come from “without” in the form of difficult circumstances.  This could be in the form of a grave injustice or natural catastrophe.  The Lord does not always shield... Read More

Spiritual Liberty in the Night

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In order to secure our true liberty, even while we were enslaved to sin, Christ suffered the night of death and ransomed us by His blood.   This is why the Lord respects human freedom, even when it is the source of great sorrow.   Aware of our frailty, God does not overpower our freedom but delights to work through it in a very gentle and beautiful way.   As a result, it is easy to frustrate His work in us.  At the same time,... Read More

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