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Dryness in Prayer – God’s Part in the Struggle (Part III of III)

April 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness in prayer.  In the second installment of this series, we addressed our part in the struggle.  Today, we will look at God’s part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time.  But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #41

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Do not tire yourself, for you will not enter into the savor and sweetness of spirit if you do not apply yourself to the mortification of all this that you desire. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” 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... Read More

The Cross and the Chain of Love (Part I of V)

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“Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you. But, rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed, you may also rejoice exultantly… blessed are you, the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Peter 4:12-14) I was reflecting on this text after finishing a spiritual... Read More

What is the difference between confession and spiritual direction?

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Q: Dear Father John, what is the difference between confession and spiritual direction? A: Confession and spiritual direction are like partially overlapping circles: they share some common characteristics, but their centers, their essences, are distinct. The Distinction of Confession The essence of confession is the sacramental grace that Christ gives to our soul through the ministry of his priest.... Read More

The rule of three in the battle against sin

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Q: Dear Dan, I am struggling with a recurring problem with anger that I can’t seem to overcome. I have read books, tried to understand how it surfaces in me, prayed fervently (I am living in a state of grace outside of this problem). But I seem to be making no progress. I am very very very very very very very very frustrated. A: After years of observing intelligent, capable, and committed people... Read More

Can Transference Occur in Spiritual Direction?

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Q.  Can transference occur in Spiritual Direction?      A. This is an interesting question but I’d like to separate it into two: Can transference occur in the spiritual life? Can transference occur with a spiritual director? First, let’s look at a definition of the term “transference”. Tranference is a psychological term that means “the redirection of feelings and desires, especially... Read More

The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are blessed to have Allison Ricciardi join our writing team.  Allison is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a guest on the Mother Angelica Live and Abundant Life Shows on EWTN, as well as Johnnette Benkovic’s Women of Grace Show.    Please welcome her warmly! Q.  What is the difference between counseling and spiritual direction? When should someone... Read More

Can We Grow Closer to God Without Hardships?

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Q.  Dear Father John, in one of the sayings by St. John of the Cross (awesome guy!) it says (and I believe) that hardships bring us closer to God. But isn’t it still possible to grow closer to Him when there are no hardships going on?” A:  Your instinct is right.  It isn’t the hardships themselves that make us grow.  Rather, it’s the conscious and intentional exercise of faith, hope, and... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #11

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The blind person who falls will not be able to get up alone; the blind person who does get up alone will go off on the wrong road. Saint John of the Cross More ”Sayings of Light and Love”   ? 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”... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #10

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Whoever falls while heavily laden will find it difficult to rise under the burden. Saint John of the Cross More ”Sayings of Light and Love” 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... Read More

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