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Catholic Spiritual Direction

New Day, New Blessings

October 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Examen, Featured, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction


To say that I love being a high school chaplain is an understatement.  As I walk the halls of La Salle Academy, I’m often reminded of the verse from Psalm 16, “He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.”  I truly love the students that the Lord has entrusted to my spiritual care. As a “father” to the students, I often challenge them to think and act differently.  So, for... Read More

Loving with Everything We’ve Got


Dear Father John,  you’ve written about seeking first the kingdom of God.  What does that really mean? It Means Loving with Everything We’ve Got! Seeking something involves knowing about it, wanting it, and going out to take possession of it. These three activities correspond to the three basic powers of the human soul: the mind, which knows and understands; the emotions, which feel attraction and repulsion; and... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life – Now in Spanish!


Navigating the Interior Life – Now in Spanish!   “Navegando la Vida Interior” libro de Dan Burke, con el Padre Bartunek, se puede conseguir ahora ¡en español! Ud. puede leer la descripción como se detalla a continuación. What is spiritual direction and my spiritual direction? What are my “blind spots” and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual riches Christ has for me?... Read More

Does Jesus Contradict Himself? I’m Confused! What is Up to Me?

October 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Life


Does Jesus Contradict Himself?  I’m Confused! What is Up to Me? I get all confused sometimes when I hear the Gospels.  Jesus tells us that we can’t do anything without him.  At the same time, he also tells us to strive to enter by the narrow door.  Which one is it?  Are we supposed to let Him do everything, or do we do everything, or is it a little of both?  Please help me understand. JESUS SEEMS TO contradict... Read More

Spiritual Progress

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Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity as far as possible. In order... Read More

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

September 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Demonology, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare


The Devil: Is He for Real?  Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen.  On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil.  Is the devil for real?  If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven?  It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really... Read More

The Labor and Work I Put into Spiritual Growth Doesn’t Seem to Get Results. Help!


Editor’s Note:  This is another 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”.   I pray and do many good works.  But, the labor and work I put into spiritual growth doesn’t seem to get any results.  Help!!!!!!   OUR LORD FREQUENTLY described his kingdom,... Read More

Affection for Jesus — Video


Affection for Jesus We thank Father Michael Najim, once again, for sharing this video originally posted last fall on his blog Live Holiness 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:... Read More

How Can I have a Better Relationship with God?

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


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

Are You Called to Be a Spiritual Director?

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People around the world are starving to know the God who loves them and who made them for an eternal relationship with Him. But who will lead them? Who has the time, the training, and the desire to help souls who thirst and hunger for God? I recently had the blessing of spending time with Msgr. David Toups, the Rector of St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. I asked him if he was training priests to provide... Read More

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