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Free Sacrifice of Liberty

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✞ Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom of our immolation. It involves... Read More

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

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I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It’s really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is... Read More

Have a Blessed Life like St. Joseph this Christmas!

December 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, God's Will, Mary Kaufmann

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Over coffee one day, my eighty-five year old friend, Lorreene, a beautiful, white haired, genteel woman, leaned forward and said with a gleam in her eye, “Mary, I really have had a blessed life.” In the next breath, she continued, “You know, it has not always been easy. Remember the story about my son, John, who had severe migraine headaches, which not even treatment at the Mayo Clinic helped?... Read More

Is it God’s Will or Our Un/Worthiness? (Part II of II)

October 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

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…a readers asks: Q: Dear Father John, I recently had two experiences that I can’t make sense out of. First, after a profound spiritual retreat, I became so convinced of my unworthiness, my sinfulness, that I cancelled a commitment I had made to do a special ceremony of blessing for some friends (non-Catholic). I just felt that I couldn’t stand in God’s place for that ceremony after what... Read More

Longing for the Face of God-Navigating the Interior Life (III/IV)

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In our first post of this series we covered an introduction to the concept of the three ways of the interior life. In part II we covered the first of the three ways. In this post we will continue to focus on a summary of the second phase, the Illuminative way. If you have not yet read the previous posts, you might want to; this post is not likely to be well understood without context. For easy reference... Read More

Is it God’s Will or Our Un/Worthiness? (Part I of II)

October 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

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Q: Dear Father John, I recently had two experiences that I can’t make sense out of. First, after a profound spiritual retreat, I became so convinced of my unworthiness, my sinfulness, that I cancelled a commitment I had made to do a special ceremony of blessing for some friends (non-Catholic). I just felt that I couldn’t stand in God’s place for that ceremony after what I discovered about myself... Read More

How to Pray like Jesus

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Monsignor Thomas Richter, who was the vocations director of the Diocese of Bismark for eleven years, became the pastor at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, ND in 2012 and is Chaplain of the Catholic Physicians Guild for the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, gave a talk once where he explained that praying like Jesus requires one thing: to desire for God to have his way in your life. As the... Read More

Suffering, Anyone?

September 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 7 of 12) Lord, be Thou blessed for my present suffering, because I dare to hope that it is the gentle answer of Thy Heart. I offer it all to Thee, all of it: sufferings of body, heart, and soul, all my privations, my interior desolation, my great spiritual solitude. Use these humble offerings for the intentions and substitutions Thou knowest, for souls, and... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Self Denial, Trent Beattie

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Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem... Read More

From Here to Eternity

September 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 5 of 12) People in the world do not realize that one can be very detached from all human things and live a keen spiritual life, and yet find sweetness in the interests, occupations, and joys of life. However, it is only when one has rooted oneself in eternity that one can let one’s humble little barque float, upon the surface of the waves and rejoice fully... Read More

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