Category: Challenges

Guard of the Senses

Why is important to practice custody (or guard) of the senses? Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen explains in this excerpt from his classic Carmelite meditation book “Divine Intimacy”.

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Letting Go of Grudges

We must put aside all resentment, bitterness, and grudges. These are obstacles to our spiritual freedom that prevent us from experiencing the power of the Lord in our lives.

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Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

Does asking for death constitute sin? And, what does despair have to do with it? Find out when Father John Bartunek responds to a reader’s question.

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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

Do temptations and difficulties serve any real purpose in the spiritual life other than to annoy us? Find out when Thomas a Kempis reflects in this excerpt from his spiritual classic, the “Imitation of Christ”.

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Changing Spiritual Directors

What is the proper etiquette for changing one’s spiritual director? Find out when Father John Bartunek answers a reader’s question about this concern which may come up during various periods of one’s spiritual life.

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Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement

What is the difference between sadness and discouragement? Why is one OK in the spiritual life and the other not? Find out when Father John Bartunek reflects on how these things affect evangelization and spiritual life.

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But What if I Don’t Feel Like It?

What do we do if we don’t feel like evangelizing, or dealing with people who annoy us, in the Christian life? Find out what Father John Bartunek advises in today’s post.

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Climbing the Mountain

Why should we continue to climb higher in the spiritual life? Father Michael Najim reflects on how following Jesus means ascending the mountain of the Lord.

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Change Your Phrasing

How can changing the way you say things help your spiritual journey? Find out when Charlotte Ostermann explains how a subtle shift in perspective aligns us more closely with the freedom Christ won for us.

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