|The Catholic Spiritual Direction blog serves people from over 8,500 cities spanning the globe. |
October 1, 2010. The Catholic Spiritual Direction blog has
skyrocketed in readership from a handful of people visiting the
site every week to about 20,000 visits every month. And
those visitors are from over 8,500 cities spanning most of
the world’s countries.
As a virtual ministry, the blog is
serving the Church and souls in a practical way. Some
readers log in from places where practicing the Catholic faith
is met with persecution, hoping to find guidance for their
spiritual questions. Others are simply looking for inspiration and material
for meditation as they grow in their faith.
are from and wherever they are at in their faith,
they bear witness to the fact that the pursuit of
a spiritual life in Christ unites all of us on
a level much deeper than nationality and culture.
What the blog
The site includes daily meditations uploaded from Fr John Bartunek’s
book The Better Part: A Christ-centered Resource for Personal Prayer.
At the same time, it also has a rich array
of meditations and excerpts from various saints and blessed, including
regular posts from the guest “bloggers,” St Teresa of Avila,
St John of the Cross, and Brother Andrew, plus short
passages from other spiritual writers.
Aside from providing spiritual food, the
main purpose of the blog is to answer real people’s
questions. Most of the daily posts are answers to specific
spiritual questions from readers, such as these:
• I have prayed for
months for my son, who, thanks be to God, has
finally begun rehabilitation for his drug addiction. I feel that
many of my prayers have been answered, but I now
feel a burden on my heart to teach him to
pray. How can I do that?
• In a recent faith-sharing
group, someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would
not be with unbaptized persons if they ask Him to
dwell in them or give them fortitude in a difficult
situation. I was hoping you could shed some light on
this for me.
• I am a convert and am struggling
with the idea of praying to Mary. Can you help?
• If I have nothing to confess, should I still go
to confession? Would that be scrupulosity or devotion?
• Should Catholics
participate in Halloween festivities?
• Is it a problem to integrate
the truths found in prayer traditions outside of Christianity with
Christian prayer methods?
The site’s creators offer four suggestions for
ways you can support the Catholic Spiritual Direction blog:
• Visit the
site and participate by sending in your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Pray for other readers as they work on
growing in their spiritual life.
• Tell others about the site,
especially people who may be searching for a solid, Catholic
site that will give them reliable guidance.
• Offer financial support.
The donate button in the upper right-hand corner is
there for those who would like to help the blog
reach more readers.
The Catholic Spiritual Direction blog is just one
of many ways to evangelize and catechize fellow Catholics—and to
reach out to non-Catholic seekers. If it helps you, use