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Holiness Takes More than Inspiration


Editor’s Note:  Today, we are blessed to introduce Connie Rossini to you.  She is a homeschooling mom whose blog “Contemplative Homeschool” is full of musings on Carmelite spirituality and raising contemplative kids.  I think you’ll find her writing a refreshing addition to our site here.  Please welcome her warmly. I’ve been pondering lately why I am still working on some of the same spiritual... Read More

What Makes a Saint?

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness


Dear Father John, why does becoming a saint seem to make us less human? I don’t mean “less human” in that we cannot observe beauty, drink wine, listen to DeBussy, cry tears of joy or make love. What I mean is that if you take Mother Teresa as an example or even Pope Francis, it seems that it’s in the denial of their human needs (or in putting the needs of others first) that they are more Christ-like and more aligned... Read More

As a married woman, how can I progress to greater holiness?

May 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness, Marriage

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Dear Father John, I have recently returned to St. Theresa of Avila’s autobiography, having only gotten through a third of it last year. It is easier to read now. I have an idea of where I am spiritually according to her book and will discuss this with my Redemptorist Spiritual Director. But I have a question. What I am seeking is: What is written for married women that is of the value of St. Teresa’s book about spiritual... Read More

In my spiritual life, how much is up to me?

October 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness, Spiritual Life

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Dear Father John, I am confused. I keep reading in spiritual books about how, in the spiritual life, everything is up to God. That God is the one who makes us holy, that we just have to let go and let God. But when I read the New Testament, I keep finding spiritual to-do lists. So, which is it? Is it up to God to make me holy, or is it up to me to make me holy? The typical answer to this honest and essential question is usually... Read More

The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holiness

? Reposted with permission of Jennifer Fulwiler I read a lot of biographies and memoirs about inspiring people who place radical trust in God. (By “radical” I don’t mean reckless or imprudent, but am referring to the difficult, very counter-cultural act of recognizing God’s sovereignty over every area of our lives. More on that here.) From He Leadeth Me to God’s Smuggler, Mother Angelica to The Heavenly Man to The Shadow... Read More