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Catholic Spiritual Direction

How Can I have a Better Relationship with God?

August 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction, Videos

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Editor’s Note:  This is an excerpt from Father John Bartunek’s new book “Seeking First the Kingdom” filled with “practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life”.  Yes, another new book!  He’s been very busy!  With Special Endorsements from: Dan Burke, President and Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation: ... Read More

How Can I Strengthen my Will and Grow in Holiness?

August 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Spiritual Direction

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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

How can I Hear God Speaking to me in Prayer?

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  The following post comes from a new book by Fr. Bartunek: “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 can launch the... Read More

Ever-Deepening Prayer Life: Holy Summer Reading Resources

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Prayer, Resources

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I just finished teaching a course entitled Navigating the Interior Life – Foundations of Prayer and Union with God for the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation. The course has been a joy to teach because I have had the great blessing of watching more than sixty of God’s precious souls grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. These students of the spiritual life included religious, a hermit,... Read More

True Freedom Through Prayer

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Patti Maguire Armstrong, Prayer

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“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things. It deepens our understanding of... Read More

A Mysterious Encounter with Fr Jacques Philippe

March 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Prayer, Radio, Resources, Videos

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God often provides me with surprise blessings. A recent encounter with His unexpected grace involved one of my favorite authors Fr. Jacques Philippe. The prior year I found out that he was coming to the United States (from France), and knowing the demand that would ensue, I scheduled him early to be a guest on Register Radio. Before the show he provided retreats at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama... Read More

Life Changing Christmas Gift Ideas

December 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Books, Resources, Seasonal Meditations, Software

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Life Changing Christmas Gift Ideas A Christmas List that Will Transform Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love If you hate shopping as much as I do or if you just struggle with ideas for some of those strange or much beloved but hard to shop for Catholics in your life, I have a few ideas that might help. They range in price from very expensive, to less than $20.00. All of these ideas are unique in that each item or opportunity... Read More

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Book Recommendation

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Peace, Resources

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Current social, economic, and political conditions are shaking the world. Those of us used to living in relative comfort are receiving the blessing of learning that we are not God and that we need God to provide even our most basic necessities. This has always and will always be true. However, when our jobs, our liberties, and our safety are threatened, and even our ability to provide the most basic things for ourselves and those... Read More

Laughing at Lucifer in Lent

February 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Lent, Resources, Seasonal Meditations

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In 1942, C.S. Lewis published one of his most enduring and endearing books. The Screwtape Letters is a collection of imaginative epistles from a senior devil to his junior colleague, outlining how he should handle his “patient.” Lewis wrote the book as a series of essays for The Guardian newspaper and confessed that the pieces were not fun to write. Over the years Lewis’ Luciferian letters have become ever more popular. In... Read More

Call to Prayer: 7 Resources for your Lenten Journey

February 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Resources

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One of the countless joys of the Church is the recurring open invitation to move deeper into the life of grace. These invitations come in a thousand ways, through the lives of the saints, through the sacraments and especially through our liturgical seasons. As Lent begins to rise on the horizon, we are again faced with another divine beckoning to move into a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church. In the fourteenth chapter... Read More

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