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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

Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Our Imperfections? (Part III of III)

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Skills for Contemplative Disciples: Our Imperfections? Part 3 of 3 Does this sound like anyone you know? A man shared his story with me. He was a scientist, and became very angry with God for the apparent inconsistencies in Catholic doctrine. When he studied Church documents, which he did with an admirable zeal, he only dug in his heels deeper in confusion and became angrier with God. When I suggested relaxing and finding God by... Read More

What Exactly does Jesus Mean by “The Heart”? (Part I of II)

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Dear Father John,  when I hear the readings at Mass, I hear Jesus talk about the heart all the time.  But, what exactly does He mean? THE FIRST ARENA of love that Jesus points out is the “heart.” In all three New Testament versions of this greatest commandment [cf Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27], heart is always first on the list. Sacred Scripture uses this term more than a thousand times, but never to refer simply... Read More

Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Seasons of the Soul (Part II of III)

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Skills for the Contemplative Disciple: Seasons of the Soul! (Part II of III)   Susan came for spiritual direction for the first time, after experiencing a spiritual awakening. When she prayed, God was richly present to her. She secretly wondered why other people struggled to pray. Brian, an awakened disciple for some time, yearned for the consolation of God in prayer. Periodically, God seemed close while at other times miles... 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

Consolation and Abandonment

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Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as is necessary, they are unwilling to... Read More

The Night of the Spirit

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The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The difficult and bitter purification called the night of the spirit is necessary to extirpate the roots of imperfect habits. The purification of the soul begins with the night of sense, which, by putting the soul into obscurity and depriving it of all sensible... Read More

New Day, New Blessings

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

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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

October 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Knowing God, Relationship with Christ

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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!

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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

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