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Catholic Spiritual Direction

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

My Spiritual Growth Efforts Don’t Seem to Get Results. Help!

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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

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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

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