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Has Catholic Spiritual Direction helped you?

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Reader Feedback

Has Catholic Spiritual Direction helped you?

Dear Friends, About once a year I send out a note to check in on you. Are we serving you well? Have we helped you or someone you love come to know Christ in any way? Have other readers helped you as you dialogue about the posts? If this is the case, in large or small ways, we would be grateful to hear back from you. In your response at the bottom of this post, please tell us your state in life (teen, college student, mom, dad,... Read More

An interview with a Carmelite nun

July 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke

Dear Friends,   We are very excited to introduce you to a new team member joining the effort to serve you in your desire to deepen your relationship with Christ. Her name is Sister Carmen Laudis, O.C.D. and she is part of a Carmelite religious community based in Alhambra, California in the U.S. To introduce her to you I asked her a few questions about her perspective on her life and service to the Church in the Carmelite tradition.   Q:... Read More

From hatred to hope – one man’s journey into the Catholic Church…

July 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Conversion

Between beating my mother into the emergency room and firing a handgun in our home, my stepfather attempted to convince me that Catholicism was the one true faith. As you might imagine, his approach wasn’t very effective. Recently I was able to share a short version of my conversion story (on an Evangelical/Protestant radio station of all places) with the audience of Focus on Life Radio in Birmingham Alabama. If you find... Read More

How can I increase the strength of my will to resist temptation? – Part I of II

July 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Spiritual Development

Q: Dear Father John, I would like to ask you for a piece of advice. Since my will is not so strong as it should be; what are the exercises to practice that important element of spiritual formation? A: I am so encouraged to see that you recognize a need to develop your willpower! The first job the Holy Spirit has is to show us our need for God’s grace, so you are obviously in tune with the Holy Spirit! And that’s the first... Read More

Does God give the gift of faith to some and not to others?

July 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Family Prayer

Q: Dear Dan, I just read your entry about Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s influence in your conversion. I noted your deep hunger for the Eucharist to the extent of asking for and receiving earlier reception into the Church than first anticipated. What a wonderful thing! The question that burns in my heart is why the Lord doesn’t call my husband to this reality of His presence in the Eucharist. Years ago he went through... Read More

How do I get my focus back?

July 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life

Q: Dear Father John, As I have grown spiritually I have noticed that I don’t have the same interest and level of ambition for things in my life like I used too. For example, I used to work fairly hard at keeping the house clean, the yard well-kept, the car shiny, etc. This caused a lot of stress and yelling on my part, as I tried frantically to “do it all”. Then I began thinking that I was doing things for the... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and my conversion to Catholicism

July 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations

In July of 2005 I was enrolled as a candidate in the RCIA program. As I was sitting in church for mass one Sunday I became frustrated and walked out. I couldn’t bear to sit there, watching everything, and not participate again. I desperately wanted to partake in the Body and Blood of Christ. The next day I got on the phone and called Shirley, a secular Discalced Carmelite who ran the Faith Formation program at Our Lady of Loreto... Read More

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

Q: 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... Read More

How can I find out if you have more posts on any topic?

July 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

How can I find out if you have more posts on any topic?

Dear Friends, A reader sent me a note last week asking, “In your recent response to a priest you recommended a nightly examination of conscience.  Can you give us some guidance how we can make a good nightly examination of conscience.  Thank you.” This is a great question and I thought it would provide a good opportunity to update our new friends on how to find answers on this site. The best way is to use our Google... Read More

How should I discern if God is calling me to leave my spiritual community?

July 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Discernment

Q: Dear Dan, Our women’s Regnum Christi team no longer meets and some have left the movement entirely. After having been in Regnum Christi for 10 years, the faith, fellowship and friendship really meant a lot. However my husband and I came across a local lay-Carmelite movement this year through a priest who invited his entire congregation one Sunday to a lay-Carmelite meeting! This is unusual, in comparison to the Regnum... Read More

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