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I hate myself… How can I find comfort in God when I feel so unworthy?

July 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Divine Mercy, Fr. Bartunek, Guilt, Self Knowledge

Dear Father John, I thought I once heard you mention that quite often a hatred of oneself runs parallel with a hatred of God. My problem is similar, but while I hate myself quite a bit I do not in any way hate God. God is, in fact, my longest and most faithful friend, always at the back of my mind. And I know it probably hurts Him to see me revile myself the way I do, but I feel unable to improve the situation. I compare it sometimes... Read More

Struggling with overwhelming sorrow during Lent – How do I deal with it?

February 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Guilt, Lent, Seasonal Meditations, Suffering

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction: We are but days into Lent, and, after being to our church’s Way of the Cross tonight, I’m overwhelmed with the “low” that Lent is already. Are we to embrace the low to make the joy of Easter even greater, or is there still joy to be found in the 40 days of the Lenten journey? If it’s intended to be 40 days of all low, how do we prevent ourselves from being overcome... Read More

Do you have to know you are committing a sin in order to actually commit one?

January 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Guilt, Sin

Dear Father John, Do you have to know you are committing a sin in order to actually commit one? You would think this simple question has a simple answer. But it doesn’t. We have to get a little theological here to unravel it, but I’ll try to be brief anyhow. First of all, we have to remember what sin is. Sin is rebellion against God. It is saying to God, “I don’t want to do what you want me to do.” (For more on the nature... Read More