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Catholic Spiritual Direction

God Turns Sinners into Saints


God turns Sinners into Saints Sometimes my mind is too tired or distracted to engage in detailed meditations during prayer time. I look for a simple image to focus on that will bring me into God’s presence and still my scattered thoughts. One of my favorite images is fire. I can easily imagine red flames in the dark. I think of the flames as God’s love, burning away my sins and attachments as I submit to Him. The other... Read More

Lasting Effects on a Soul? Religious Life vs Priesthood or Marriage (I of II)

October 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Religious Life, Sacraments, Vocations

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Dear Father John, in The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision by the council of Major Superiors of Women Religious I came across something I was hoping someone could possibly shed a bit more light on. I’m aware that this is a conversation that may not have yet taken place in any official form. On pages 32-33 in speaking on the public vows of consecrated religious it is stated: “Perpetual profession creates... Read More

When I am Weak, Then I am Strong: ‘Anointing of the Sick’ Retreat Guide


WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG–A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick” is now available at Sickness and death were not part of God’s original plan for the human family; they were consequences of original sin. And when the moment... Read More

My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do?

September 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Faith, Family Life, Fr. Bartunek


My 20-year-old Does Not Receive Communion: What Should I Do? Dear Father John, should it bother me when my 20 year old son goes to Mass but does not receive communion? And what should I do about it? It should concern you, but it should also fill you with healthy pride. It should bother you, because a choice not to receive Holy Communion means one of two things. First, it could mean that your son is having a crisis of faith in which... Read More

Daydream in Mass? Live the Mystery (Eucharist Series Part II)

August 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Distractions, Mary Kaufmann, Mass


In the first post, “What does the Priesthood have to do With You?,” we explored the importance of developing a sacrificial lifestyle. Today we explore how learning to live the Eucharist has many practical aspects for our spiritual life. When I was at New Melleray Abbey writing these posts, praying and reflecting, I attempted to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with the monks. For the first two sessions, I couldn’t follow them... Read More

New Retreat Guide: Food for the Journey

August 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides


New Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist:  Food for the Journey The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Food for the Journey: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist is now available at God’s plan for the human family was disrupted by eating. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they betrayed their friendship with God, losing the only source of lasting happiness, and... Read More

Live the Eucharist Part I-What’s the Priesthood got to do with you?


I pulled out an old file, where I had saved some articles and found, Distinguishing Priestly, Affective Prayer by Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI. Fr. Rolheiser distinguishes liturgical prayer from private devotional prayer. He calls liturgical prayer, priestly prayer or prayer by the Church for the World and private devotional prayer as prayer that focuses principally on personal union with God. He says, “It is important to know the... Read More

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi Presence of God – “The eternal tide flows hid in living bread. That with its heavenly life too be fed …” (John of the Cross, Poems). MEDITATION We have gone, step by step, in the course of the liturgical year, from the consideration of the mysteries of the life of Jesus to the contemplation of the Blessed Trinity, whose feast we celebrated last Sunday. Jesus, our Mediator, our Way, has taken us by the hand... Read More

The Real Presence

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Editor’s Note:  Today we make one of our rare exchanges in the order of the “Divine Intimacy” text.  In the old calendar, Corpus Christi used to be celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (and in some places, it still is).  The Church, in her great wisdom, upgraded this celebration from a feast to a solemnity and made it a Sunday celebration.  We will publish the Corpus Christi meditation this coming... Read More

Strengths of Thousands: New Retreat Guide on Confirmation


Strengths of Thousands: New Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confirmation Dear Fellow Digital Missionary, One of my favorite lines from the Catechism says this about the special grace we received from the sacrament of confirmation: “Confirmation… strengthened us for the combat of this life” (CCC 1523). Life in this fallen world is a battle. And as Christians, we are not only called to engage courageously in the fight, but... Read More

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