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Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2700

December 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Catechism, Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer, Vocal

Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2700

Through his Word, God speaks to man. By words, mental or vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the heart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: “Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words, but on the fervor of our souls.” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author of the award winning book, Navigating the... Read More

155. Praising and Pondering (Luke 2:15-21)

December 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him, and love him.” – Pope Benedict XVI Luke 2:15-21: ‘Now when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child... Read More

Sometimes prayer is so frustrating I just give up… what can I do?

December 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Difficulties, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Q: Dear Sister Carmen, in the Second Mansion of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes it is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn’t help but what can I do? A: Many doors have a sign over their entrance. If the door... Read More

Father Barron on Christmas

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Seasonal Meditations

Father Barron on Christmas

About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who... Read More

154. The Promise of Peace (Luke 2:1-14)

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child.” - Pope Benedict XVI Luke 2:1-14: Now at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census – the first – took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph set out from... Read More

Can God speak to me in my dreams?

December 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mystical Experience

Q:  I never had dreams like this before. Only now that I have grown closer to Him in recent months He has spoken to me in other ways like at prayer. And He often confirms what I heard in prayer by people, articles, etc. If these dreams bring me closer to Him then surely they are from Him right? They have been such wonderful sources of consolation for me! Oh please enlighten me! A: Surely “if these dreams bring you closer to... Read More

As 2011 draws to a close – a profound thanks to you

December 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

As 2011 draws to a close – a profound thanks to you

Dear Friends, In our recent “Blog Around the World” annual update we told you about the amazing things we have been able to accomplish this year because of you. As the year comes to a close, I want to take a moment and thank you: Thank you to all those who pray for us and this apostolate: Without you, we would not have the special protection, wisdom, energy, resilience, and grace that God provides in abundance when we ask. Thank... Read More

151. The Greatest Yes (Luke 1:26-38)

December 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Therefore, though it is God who takes the initiative of coming to dwell in the midst of men, and he is always the main architect of this plan, it is also true that he does not will to carry it out without our active cooperation.” – Pope Benedict XVI Luke 1:26-38: ‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House... Read More

Having John Paul II over for Christmas…

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources

As you know, Blessed John Paul II will soon be St. John Paul II. So if you’re one of his fans, so to speak, or if you know someone who is, here’s an idea for a Christmas gift. Soon after John Paul II’s beatification, CCC of America released a special edition of a 4-DVD set on the papacy of John Paul II. Originally produced by renowned Italian journalist Alberto Michelini, this English language edition includes... Read More

How much should a priest own?

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Detachment, Fr. Bartunek

Q: Dear Father John, I am a Catholic priest. Because I am in studies and do not have a rectory to call ‘home’, I’ve temporarily moved all my personal belongings back into my parent’s house. Looking over all the ‘stuff’ I’ve collected over the years, it’s dawned on me that I have A LOT. Too much, so that I am even nauseated at the amount: especially books, vestments, and clerical clothing,... Read More

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