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Sayings of Light and Love #43

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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Bear in mind that your flesh is weak and that no worldly thing can comfort or strengthen your spirit, for what is born of the world is world and what is born of the flesh is flesh.  The good spirit is born only of the Spirit of God, who communicates himself neither through the world nor through the flesh. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #41

April 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross, Spiritual Direction

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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 Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious”... Read More

The Chain of Love and Living the Mass (Part V of V Lenten Series)

April 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Lent, Mary Kaufmann, Spiritual Direction

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Editor’s note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Part II examined how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and briefly looked at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. In part III, we explored the idea of seeing with the eyes of Jesus and we went into greater detail on the rules of the Chain... Read More

Jesus, Savior of the World, Save Them! (Lenten Series Part II of V)

March 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Spiritual Direction

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Editor’s Note:  In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of the Chain of Love, from Venerable Concepción Cabrera’s Spirituality of the Cross.  Today, we will explore a bit of how we are to live our baptismal priesthood and look briefly at the concept of the fourteen rules of the Chain of Love. At times, it is very valuable to review the ups and downs of your life story. Look at what happened,... 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. When we open our hearts to him... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #18

February 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross, Spiritual Direction

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The soul that carries within itself the least appetite for worldly things bears more unseemliness and impurity in its journey to God than if it were troubled by all the hideous and annoying temptations and darknesses describable; for, so long as it does not consent to these temptations, a soul thus tried can approach God confidently, by doing the will of His Majesty, who proclaims: Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily... Read More

Can We Grow Closer to God Without Hardships?

February 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Growth

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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 love in the midst of those hardships... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #15

February 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross, Spiritual Direction

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Deny your desires and you will find what your heart longs for. For how do you know if any desire of yours is according to God? 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,... Read More

The Two Trajectories of the Soul

February 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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There is a troubling phenomenon noted by several Doctors of the Church regarding the common waning of spiritual development after a period of progress. It often happens after a fervent soul makes notable gains against habitual mortal and then venial sin. It can also happen on the back side of any virtue based victory. The soul becomes satisfied with itself and then reaches for the cruise control button to relax at a pace that seems... Read More

Can I Trust the Mercy Center Spiritual Direction Training Program?

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Q: Dear Dan, I was searching for your spiritual direction training programs in my area and noticed an advertisement for the Mercy Center in Colorado Springs. Have you had a chance to evaluate them? Do you recommend them? Dear friend, the answer is yes I have had a chance to evaluate their program and another one in the area provided by Benet Hill Monastery and Retreat center. I wouldn’t recommend either nor would I recommend... Read More

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