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Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Prayer, Silence

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“Let me see you, let me hear your voice.” These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray. How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery? To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise our hearts before this great truth, to... Read More

The Devil’s War on Silence

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Featured, Silence, Spiritual Warfare

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There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to understand the possibilities of union with God. Similarly, there is another... Read More

Too much talking during Adoration… What is the purpose of a litany anyway? – Part I of II

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Adoration, Fr. Bartunek, Litanies, Prayer, Silence

Q: Dear Father John, I went to Adoration this morning with my prayer group.  There weren’t too many of us, but I always have a feeling that there is too much talking during our Adoration, and I just don’t get the “purpose” of a “litany” (which we pray together during Adoration).  Each time I hear a litany, repeating the same sentence 2 or 3 times gives me feeling of being brain washed.  I don’t see any love coming... Read More

Self-knowledge and the spiritual life – Part III – Sacred silence

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge, Silence

What is sacred silence? There are many scripture passages that convey important elements of a true God-ward silence. One that is sublimely concise is Psalm 46:10: Be still, and know that I am God This passage clearly reveals the type of silence necessary for a God-ward self-knowledge. First, we have the purpose of silence, to know and acknowledge that He is God. Silence apart from this acknowledgment and this pursuit of intimacy... Read More

Self-knowledge and the spiritual life – Part II

July 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge, Silence

In Part I of this series we discussed the problem of spiritual delusion and darkness as a consequence of the lack of a God-ward self-knowledge. The purpose of this awareness is simply this: To reveal the sin(s) that hinder our relationship with God and that keep us from the fullness of God’s person, love, and provision for us in this life and the life to come. As well, we desire to respond to this great love by a life of... Read More