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Which saints suffered from temptations and evil thoughts?

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Saints, Temptations

Catherine with Demons feature

Q: Dear Father John, Lately I have been experiencing an issue in relation to certain lines in certain prayers. I know that I heard a song blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. It was not something I expected when I heard the song. This was a while ago but now I have thoughts about God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Mary. This happens even in church or while praying the Rosary. I ask God to not let these thoughts enter my... Read More

A prayer of preparation for Advent…

O my God, Word of the Father, Word made flesh. For the love of us, You assumed a mortal body in order to suffer and be immolated for us. I wish to prepare for Your coming with the burning desires of the prophets and the just who in the Old Testament sighed after You, the one Savior and Redeemer… O Lord, send Him whom You are going to send… As you have promised, come and deliver us! I want to keep Advent in my soul,... Read More

I am a convert and am struggling with the idea of praying to Mary, can you help? – Part II of IV

August 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Saints

Q: Dear Father John, I am a convert to the Catholic faith, and I still have difficulties with Mary. Don’t get me wrong – I believe all the dogma and doctrine fully, but when it comes to praying to Mary, I don’t seem to get it. What role is she supposed to have in my pursuit of holiness and spiritual growth? A: God in his wisdom has given us a mother in the order of grace, Mary. He didn’t have to do it that way, but he chose... Read More

The problem with “Praying to Saints.”

August 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Dan Burke, Mary, Prayer, Saints

At one time in my life I viewed Christians as shallow people blindly following silly rules. As I was to discover, these perceptions were not only wrong, they were worlds away from reality. The root cause of my misconception was my confident ignorance. Until I allowed Christians to speak to me and define their faith in their words, I was unable to get anywhere near the truth. As a Protestant, I had the same problem when examining... Read More