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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Praying With Your Spouse – A Brief Guide – Marriage Spirituality Part 4 of 4

February 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

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I have an admission to make; I (Dan) really like to pray alone. Several of you have indicated the same preference. Because of this and other human factors, a few have also decided that this will always be the case in your marriage. However, if you have followed this series, you know that, in and through our call to be married, we are also responsible to help our spouses to heaven. Of course, there are many ways to do this; we contend... Read More

Are you helping your spouse to heaven? Marriage Spirituality (Part I of IV)

January 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Family Prayer, Marriage Spirituality

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When my wife and I were going through marriage preparation our mentor couple said something to us that we have never forgotten, “your primary role in marriage is to help one another to heaven.” It was a striking comment that seems so obvious now, but at that time, it was a completely new thought. It’s a funny thing – I think it’s common for responsible God-loving adults to have this thought about their... Read More

Your advice to young mothers regarding prayer?

September 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Prayer

I had the opportunity to offer several talks on the spiritual life to a wonderful group of new friends in Idaho last night. One of the young women who has been deeply blessed by God with a large family asked me a question that I thought I would pass along to you – particularly you moms out there. What  practical tips for prayer might you offer a mom with a sizable clan ranging from nine down to a beautiful newborn? Have... Read More

Does God give the gift of faith to some and not to others?

July 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer

Dear Dan, I just read your entry about Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s influence in your conversion. I noted your deep hunger for the Eucharist to the extent of asking for and receiving earlier reception into the Church than first anticipated. What a wonderful thing! The question that burns in my heart is why the Lord doesn’t call my husband to this reality of His presence in the Eucharist. Years ago he went through RCIA,... Read More

How can I pray and grow with all the demands of a family constantly pulling at me?

December 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Family Prayer, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, between caring for my four young kids and husband, running my household, and working a part time job, I sometimes find that prayer time gets pushed aside again and again until it’s almost non-existent (or only on Sunday mornings). I need some help prioritizing my prayer time and making my faith a larger part of my everyday life. Any suggestions? This can be a particularly difficult challenge during the holidays.... Read More

Marriage Spirituality – Book Recommendation

November 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Family Prayer, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer, Resources

On our last post about Marriage Spirituality Rachel asked, “I like these but is there a prayer that encompasses more of the life and responsibilities spouses share together such as parenting, etc.” So – this prayer book recommendation is just for you Rachel! Please purchase from us HERE to support this site. Here’s a summary: Couples marry intending to share everything. But what about prayer? Do you share... Read More

How can I teach my children to pray?

August 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Prayer, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John,  I have prayed for days and months for my son, who, thanks be to God, has finally begun rehabilitation from his drug addiction. I feel that many of my prayers have been answered, but I now feel a burden on my heart to teach him to pray. How can I do that? Thank you for sharing this brief testimony, which reminds all of us that we live in a fallen world, but that God’s grace is active and powerful in redeeming... Read More