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What is Spiritual Consolation?

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Q: Dear Father John, What kind of general advice should I give to a person who is experiencing a lot of consolation in their spiritual life? From what this person has told me in spiritual direction, this consolation is certainly coming from God. Is there any practical advice I should give this person? A: God gives consolation in order to strengthen us and draw us closer to himself, just as he allows... Read More

What is the difference between desolation and aridity?

Q: Dear Dan, what is the difference between aridity and desolation? A: Dear friend, this is a very simple but important question with a simple answer. Here are the two definitions and a brief reflection on the similarities and differences. DESOLATION. A temporary darkening of the mind and disturbance of the will and emotions, permitted by God to purify the souls of his followers. It may be caused by... Read More

Consolation & Desolation… What are “spiritualized capital sins”?

Q: Dear Father John, You used the phrase “spiritualized capital sins” in your post on consolation and desolation. I have never heard this idea before. What are spiritualized capital sins and how do they “attempt” to re-conquer the soul as we mature? A: We have to remember that here on earth we are members of the Church militant. We are in the midst of a battle. As we grow spiritually,... Read More

Consolation and Desolation… What does it really mean?

November 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Consolation/Desolation, Fr. Bartunek

Q: Dear Father John, I know you wrote before about consolation and desolation in the spiritual life.  But I have a follow-up question.  When we experience some kind of desolation, how do we know where it’s coming from?  I mean, how do we know whether it’s really from God or not? A: This is a great question – and an important one, for Christians in today’s society. Consolation and Desolation:... Read More