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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Seeking God in Love

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Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace: the one depends on the other, one... Read More

239. An Unwelcome Sunrise (John 1:1-18)

December 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.” –St. Augustine John 1:1-18: In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark,... Read More

Become a Gift!

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Become a Gift this Advent Season! We have another great video from Father Michael Najim about becoming a gift this Advent season. About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and serves as chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 8th Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Mary Immaculate, my loving Mother, and listen to her invitation: “Come over to me all you who desire me, and I will declare to you what great things God has done for my soul” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul... Read More

The Prophets

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THE PROPHETS “ Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of Angels, and have not kept it.” (Acts 7:52-53) 1. There is one fact abundantly clear to, and freely recognized by, every student of Jewish history whether a friend of Christ our Lord or... Read More

Thank You God for Jesus

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Donna Sue Berry, Poetry

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I truly now can say to you, as Christmas drifts away, This was an Advent to remember and a special Christmas day. Our families all had fasted and petitioned God for grace, With what a joy to see at Mass the peace on each ones face! With four weeks of preparation, and sacrifices made, We came to place our gifts of straw where Jesus would be laid. Each piece of hay an offering, a penitence of love; It was all to welcome Jesus, the... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part III of III

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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In our last post, we looked at the busy-ness and practical tips for the Advent season.  Today, we’ll examine the roots of Advent sadness, how to go on the offensive and a story to help bring home the message of the season. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and a little... Read More

Rejoice in the Lord Always

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Seasonal Meditations

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Christians have the duty to rejoice, to express their joy to the world. Great thinkers like St. Augustine explain to us that joy is love which possesses its object. When we have what we most desire, we are able to enjoy and rest in what we love. We also know that many things we desire, even when we attain them, do not provide a joy that lasts. Most things we desire are too small to occupy our hearts for long, at least in a way... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part II of III

December 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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In our previous post, we looked at why God invented the liturgical seasons and adjusting attitudes as well as making practical adjustments.  Today we will look at the source of busy-ness and practical tips. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and a little bit of anxiety. What... Read More

The Three Advents of Ascent

December 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Seasonal Meditations

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The Three Advents of Ascent As I sit here writing this I just returned from giving a retreat to a group of Directors of Religious Education based in part on my book Navigating the Interior Life. We talked about spiritual growth secrets of the saints yesterday, and then with one more session to go, I lost my voice – 100% gone. Now at home I am wiped out, tired, and feeling run down. Even so, I have a great deal of joy and... Read More

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