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Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Proof of Love

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Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, make me understand that the Cross is the greatest proof of love. MEDITATION After the Incarnation, the Cross of Jesus is the greatest proof of His love for man. Similarly, mortification, which is suffering eagerly accepted for the love of God, is one of the greatest proofs of love that we can give Him. It means freely giving up a satisfaction or a pleasure in order to impose on ourselves,... Read More

Appetites – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

October 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mortification, Spiritual Dictionary

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APPETITES – DISORDERED: Inordinate and willful desires of created things or circumstances not rightly ordered to moral or spiritual good that impede union with God and darken, defile, weaken, and torment the soul. This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from 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... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self Denial, Trent Beattie

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Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem is, there are people all... Read More

Interior Pentecost of the Heart

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Sometimes we struggle to find heroic lay people to emulate. The stories of many Saints and much spiritual literature describe the spiritual lives of consecrated and/or ordained Christians. But, what about the rest of us, the remaining 99.9% of the Church, do we have any hope for holiness? Vatican II answers in the affirmative with the universal call to holiness (Lumen Gentium, 39). Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, (1861-1937),... Read More

Wisdom for the Ascent – 1 – St. John of the Cross

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Wisdom for the Ascent THE soul must of necessity—if we would attain to the divine union of God—pass through the dark night of mortification of the desires, and self-denial in all things. The reason is this; all the love we bestow on creatures is in the eyes of God mere darkness, and while we are involved therein, the soul is incapable of being enlightened and possessed by the pure and simple light of God, unless we first cast... Read More

Struggling with Lenten Commitments? A prayer of St. Teresa on mortification

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Lenten Commitments Struggles! “Why O Lord, should I be preoccupied with my fears and lose courage in the face of my weakness? You give me to understand that I must fortify myself in humility, and convince myself that I can do very little alone, and that without your help I am nothing. I shall put all my confidence in your mercy, and shall distrust my own strength, convinced that my weakness is caused by my self-reliance. You... Read More

Am I being selfish by denying help to my family or friends? – Part II of II

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self Denial

Q: Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God is increasing my capacity... Read More

Am I being selfish by denying help to my family or friends? – Part I of II

October 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Self Denial

Dear Father John, if Christians are called to charity, and we assume that our charity must cost us something (like time, comfort, or money), is there a time when we can justifiably deny a request without being selfish? I’m an at-home mom and my friends often ask me to babysit for their children.  I always say “Yes”, but only because it is difficult for me to do so, and I wonder if God is increasing my capacity to... Read More

What can I do to increase the strength of my will to resist temptation and grow in holiness? – Part II of II

August 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Spiritual Development

I would like to ask you for a piece of advice. Since my will is not so strong as it should be; what are the exercises to practice that important element of spiritual formation? In our first post we talked about some of the foundational ideas required to begin an effective effort toward strengthening our will. In this post we will talk about a few secrets and tips to making solid progress. The Secret of a Schedule The best tactic... Read More

How can I increase the strength of my will to resist temptation? – Part I of II

July 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Spiritual Development

Dear Father John, I would like to ask you for a piece of advice. Since my will is not so strong as it should be; what are the exercises to practice that important element of spiritual formation? I am so encouraged to see that you recognize a need to develop your willpower! The first job the Holy Spirit has is to show us our need for God’s grace, so you are obviously in tune with the Holy Spirit! And that’s the first point:... Read More

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