propranolol 10mg australia sildenafil citrate tablets price in india topamax in south africa list of local brands of clozapine in pakistan dark stool cipro doxycycline 20 mg for rosacea is 12 mg of stromectol dangerous does clomid for fertility come in a liquid zovirax iv cost cuantos pastillas de de misoprostol y mifepristona buy valacyclovir 1gm from walmart does the antibiotic for acne work for tooth infection furosemide 40 mg how long to work dosis levofloxacin 500 mg generik pt.novel NEOHAIRINDO.COM valtrex reduces transmission discussions about memory loss and lisinopril side effects of prolonged taking opc cialis does flagyl treat typhoid side effects of discontinuing prednisone in cats clomid with birth control pills same time isoptin mg how much to take of septra ds 800 mg to get rid of uti lasix 1000 gonorrhea amoxicillin 3 grams how long fluconazole is good for zoloft muscle tone increased buy 12 mg tabs ivermectin buy neurontin online overnight can tamsulosin sandoz make the ankles swell voltaren retrd filmtabletta can you have multiple orgasms while on cialis prednisone citrate eye drops side effects lexapro 20mg side effects weird dreams donde venden misoprostol en guatemala kamagra stop clear phlebite warfarin clomiphene citrate 50 mg for irregular periods in india jock rot lamisil once 88 nortriptyline hci 25 mg can lyrica be taken with lexapro metformin hydrochloride during pregnancy week 35 price of augmentin 625mg india prednisone dosing and plantar fasciitis metronidazole 500mg tablets for dogs what dosage cuantas pastillas de misoprostol debo tomar isoptin 80 mg film tablet fiyat?± can plavix cause hypoglycemia regular price of zyprexa per pill viagra recommended for young seroquel xr vs ambien is okay to take maxalt with suboxone bactrim dosage for 2 year old for staph infection how long does headache last after cessation pf cialis kamagra oral jelly for women finasteride 5mg price saudi arabia ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone price ciprofloxacin test positive for pregnancy image atenolol 500 mg difference between doxepin sinequan and doxepin silenor can u drink alchol with cipro denk medicine ciprofloxacin dose in cats tadalafil 5 mg daily diltiazem prospect trazodone large dose 1000mg order meloxicam online location for celebrex commercial cheap viagra direct cheap estradiol the danger of sertraline hcl 50 mg buspar causing blurred vision equivalent celexa sertraline naprosyn max dose make you high secnidazole with fluconazole and azithromycin for male ciprotab dosage how to use for infectionhow many a day colcrys sales street value of seroquel 50 mg kegunaan cytotec misoprostol 200 mcg antidepressant escitalopram alcohol ave pcos on clomid wat vitamins can i take with it buy clomid online com cialis cheapest price uk spotting after clomid challenge buy clomid twins tab amiodarone 100 mg telmisartan cost order albuterol from canada nexium otc coupon celexa yelp reviews glucophage benefits and dose free vedio for male erection use dilatador y cytotec hace un mes y sigo sangrando viagra two times a day anti allergic action of singulair paediatrics can you use voltaren gel and vicodin ciprofloxacin 500 mg tablets alcohol does gabapentin prevent fertility albuterol sulfate for 6 month old uk worst side effects of 120mg of duloxetine neurontin antidepressant tab cytotec price in pakistan how to taper off zoloft safely precio valtrex 500 42 comprimidos getting off of bupropion diflucan one for oral thrush too much cialis causing gas is it ok to tske muscle relaxers antibiotic and nyquil para que es ciprofloxacin hcl 500mg anafranil 25 et grossesse isotretinoin 20mg when will i see results kegunaan kapsul doxycycline hijau tetracycline 250 mg uses roaccutane price singapore diltiazem 2 gel formula levofloxacino de 750 cuanto vale do women like men who use cialis metronidazole 62.5 mg tablets can i drink alcohol after 4 hours of taking amoxicillin can lisinopril 20mg and frequent urination prednisone moon face dose buy dutasteride hair loss does cymbalta promote neurogenesis will metronidazole hurt my dog metronidazole 500 mg untuk sakit apa indication of amlodipine5mgatenolol50mg meloxicam tablets price obat elavil i mixed leviquin with celexa testimonial zyvox medication bv flagyl dosage how many doses of cipro 500mg will cure gonorrhea missed two days lexapro septra 400 mg zyprexa relprevv dosage prednisone 20mg dose pack 21 pill escitalopram log p synflex antibiotic masele bangkok airport kamagra 2.5mg lexapro dose rate doxycycline for dogs hydroxyzine hcl vs pamoate 1st iui on clomid 50 success buy zyprexa 10 mg prednisone bronchitis 10 mg dosage amoxil antibiotics doxycycline 100 mg side effects wellbutrin blackout cymbalta side effects stiff piroxicam 10 mg obat untuk lilly 4115 olanzapine kamagra 100mg oral jelly reviews antidepressants price philippines order propecia bosley price of lamisil cream in dubai buy zithromax no prescription needed can valtrex help eczema buy thyroxine nz reviews for ciprofloxacin ciprofloxacin ciprodin side effects sertraline cholrsterole desyrel 100 mg 30 tablet zithromax price retail nigeria pharmacy i took 400mg sertraline hydrochloride advantage and disadvantage taking erythromycin generic atenolol price amlodipine valsartan 5 160 signs you need viagra online zyvox will voltaren help with opiate withdrawal ciprofloxacin 500 mg informacion en espanol voltaren dolo extra 25 mg dosage viagra uk women inderal 60 mg drug reka in aap ki adalat buy doxycycline mexico using cialis with mitral valve prolapse does taking ciprofloxacin cause bledding ciprofloxacin hcl 250 mg tab para que sirve are aslene diet pill effective faslodex vs arimidex why nitroglycerine is contradicted at night are dogs allergic chloramphenicol diflucan 250 mg prospect fatigue headaches lisinopril hctz why do we push lasix slowly curcumin vs atorvastatin calcium buy premarin 1.25 mg frequency of side effects of cialis zyprexa im olanzapine 10 mg trazodone vs abilify montelukast cost at target uso del enalapril captopril en los neonatos premarin conjugated estrogen cream 6.25 limbido 40 mg of strattera with 30 mg of adderall amaryl m 4 1000 presentacion buy doxycycline london getting high with paroxetine micardis hct best time to take follistim without prescription revatio 20mg 90 st gabapentin 300 mg tablet inactive fda esomeprazole price order viagra international ships zoloft vs paxil side effects rizatriptan benzoate price azithromycin i alkohol can you take seroquel while weaning off of remeron escitalopram vs bupropion mayo clinic tadalafil 40 mg with dapoxetine 60 mg amoxicillin 500mg capsules for staph infection maximum dosage of ebastine and montelukast in a day does baclofen cause insomnia lisinopril in morocco paroxetine 4mg street value escitalopram oxalate cost cvs is bactrim septra a broad spectrum antibiotic can you give a cat amoxicillin to treat eye infection thuoc augmentin 0.5 dang goi onset of misoprostol on gi motility kamagra gel u apotekama take diflucan with amoxicillin valvir valacyclovir 500 mg augmentin no prescription are zoloft and celexa about the same escitalopram citalopram dosage sanguin what is bio metronidazole tablets order diovan hct thuoc azithromycin capsules usp 250mg can 50 mcgs levothyroxine cause adrenal fatigue how long fluconazole to work rumus struktur ciprofloxacin ketoconazole cream price in india ivermectin 6 uses of fexofenadine montelukast tablet side effects of drinking viagra when breastfeeding acyclovir 400 mg treatment for cold sores clomid and apple cider cymbalta hearing voices can i take ciprobay with yazz uses of azithromycin tablet of cipla company cheap propecia online no prescription prednisone 10mg dospak directions synthroid 300 mcg coupon cheap tadalafil from india zithromax safe after expiration what works better tylenol with codeine or naproxen 500 can cellulitis be caused by bactrim buy viagra pill online generic micardis dexamethasone obat glucophage 850 mg price can you successfully overdose on propranolol mix tadalafil and generic viagra celac antibiotics 500mg tamsulosin 0.4mg with urinary stones you can mix meloxicam with ampicillin tab ivermectin 12 mg kya order micardis online septra iv dosing doxepin sold on the street 1mg arimidex per week prednisone 60 mg burst bactrim dose for canines is mirtazapine a controlled substance real brand levitra from canada buy xenical without consultation valtrex for herpetic whitlow switch from olanzapine to citalopram hydrochlorothiazide 37.5 does prednisone make birth control ineffective why do you shed hair on propecia decadron dose pack dosage6 day amoxicillin et allaitement tadalafil sublingual 20 mg gabapentin homeopathic in south africa diltiazem er 360 mg side effects brown discharge after cytotec and mifepristone clomid 9dpo symptoms finasteride without minoxidil ciprofloxacin pharmacy uk thyroxine sodium tablets suitable time does metronidazole makes emergency pills less effective grazeo 10 piroxicam reversing side effects of prednisone in dogs zyprexa ileus what is metformin eo in the system reducin orlistat microzide cost wellbutrin xl 450 mg for adhd raina.aap ki adalat ma part 2 atorvastatin ppt powerpoint aturan pakai cytotec 5mg fluvoxamine 50 mg tablets atarax 3 anos diflucan 200mg for 3 days crema premarin de 0.125 metronidazole kill worms paxil tapered dose to stop metronidazole for dogs hours between dose cost of plavix in south africa does sertraline does marijuana make your eyes dilate nizoral tablet mercury drugs estradiol level 48 buy naproxen sodium online albuterol inhaler vs albuterol neb solution antihistamine amlodipine mix can you take 5 htp with remeron sertraline rosacea valacyclovir recreational norvasc 5mg pakistan manufacturer side affects of anti depressents lexipro wellbuten can i put amoxicillin on a pimple what is ciproglen 500 tablets used for side effect of swollen ankle and zoloft in elderly inderal 10mg and alcohol buy generic accutane uk fluconazole 200 for yeast infection in men what does bactrim make you test positive for montelukast sodium 5 mg tab chew side effects farsiretic furosemide meloxicam 10 para q sirve stopping premarin tamoxifen customs australia when did propecia go generic what is prazosin used for in cats order celebrex online no prescription ciprofloxacin 500mg antibiotics side effects my metoprolol suddenly stipped wrking dapoxetine from menarini availability in uae can i buy doxycycline over the counter in peru side effect from diltiazem 24hr er 180 mg cap plavix 6 months generic fluoxetine cost bactrim ds for cats dosage buy lamisil tablets prozac 1988 inderal 40 mg tabletten buy neurontin online no prescription benazepril cramping of calves singulair 4 mg can u give too a dog can 500mg of diabetmin be combined with clomid amoxicillin if you have eczema flagyl suspension uk viagra canada fast shipping i take 25mg of metoprolol daily can i drink beer taking cymbalta for 5 years what antidepressant augments cymbalta can you take sinupret while on amoxicillin zithromax indonesia tinea versicolor amd lamisil ventas de misoprostol en belgica antwerpen azithromycin tablets 500 mgspcshelf life retail price for atorvastatin 40 mg tablet diflucan 1 pill dosage thrush 100 mg amitriptyline how long does it last biozole fluconazole antifungal agent wie einnehmen is micardis a vasodilator interacciones decadron medicamentos atenolol tablets ip 25mg doxycycline for perioral dermatitis albuterol 2.5 mg babies priligy kenya prozac online no prescription canada will metronidazole affect the contraceptive injection metoprolol and rolaids pus tetracycline dosage powder percent composition of amoxicillin paxil and orange juice shingles gabapentin lyrica vs neurontin cost

“Program of Life”

Why is a Program of Life important to our spiritual progress?
by Father John Bartunek, LC | Source:

mapQuestion:  Father John, what is a “Program of Life” and why is it important to my spiritual progress and Spiritual Direction?

Answer:  One of the enemies of good spiritual direction is excessive subjectivity.  We all have urgent personal issues that come and go; they occupy our attention and energy intensely for brief periods, but they really don’t touch the deeper regions of our character and personality.  When a child is sick, it preoccupies us.  When someone at work is having problems that affect the rest of us, it preoccupies us.  Sometimes issues like this are important enough to deserve ample attention during spiritual direction, but not usually.  And yet, because they are on our mind, we will naturally tend to let them dominate our conversation during spiritual direction.  This can inhibit us from the kind of deep, systematic, and structural work that spiritual direction is really designed to foster.  The headlines of our lives change every day, just like the news headlines.  But headlines are by nature superficial.  We need to make sure that we don’t waste all of our spiritual direction talking about superficial headlines. This is where the Program of Life comes in; it helps us to keep our ongoing spiritual work objective and profound.

To understand how it does that, we only have to understand what it is.  The term Program of Life has some siblings: Rule of Life, Reform of Life, Plan for Spiritual Growth, Game Plan for the Soul, Business Plan for the Soul… In all cases, the core meaning remains the same.  The Program of Life is a tool that helps us personalize the principles of spiritual progress:

Prayer - Everyone needs to pray, but how often should I pray, what type of prayer should I focus on, what factors are making prayer hard for me?  Every individual person, because of their life-situation, background, education, and temperament will find individualized answers to those questions.

Virtue - Likewise, everyone needs to become more Christ-like through the practice of Christian virtue.  But which virtues do I most need to develop and how exactly can I work on them, which habits of selfishness are most deeply rooted in me and how can I diminish them, what is the underlying cause of my most frequent sins and faults?  Again, every individual will answer these questions differently

State in Life - The same goes for the fulfillment of God’s will through fidelity to the responsibilities of one’s state in life.  Every father needs to guide, discipline, and spend time with his children; every husband needs to give his life for his wife, as Christ gave his life for the Church; every professional needs to be another Christ in their workplace – but these ideals will take on unique (and uniquely beautiful) characteristics as they are incarnated in the unique and dynamic reality of every individual.

The Program of Life consists of the personalized answers to all these questions, phrased and arranged in such a way that they become a guide for daily living.

The Program of Life, then, is like a spiritual workout program that insures spiritual growth because it is customized to the individual’s needs and opportunities.  When we meet with our spiritual director, it is good to start by going over the headlines, but, reviewing together the main points of the Program of Life is the real path to consistent, substantial progress.

Three other things are worth noting. 

  • First, when we draw up a Program of Life together with our spiritual director (which is a very good idea), our efforts to follow it have the added benefit of being acts of obedience, since we are doing not just our own will, but God’s will as manifested through our director (we are not speaking of a vow of obedience, but the virtue).  An effective time to draw up a Program of Life is during a retreat; a little distance from the daily grind sharpens our spiritual vision. 
  • Second, a good Program of Life includes a personal (usually weekly) schedule with prayer commitments that are decided upon ahead of time.  This saves us from the inconsistency that comes from moodiness and constant improvisation.   It also includes concrete areas of activity (the formation of good habits of behavior) that directly counteract the most salient manifestations of one’s root sin.
  • Third, the Program of Life is a living entity.  It can and should change as we get to know ourselves better and as we grow.  Living it out is not like following the Ten Commandments, to which there are never exceptions.  Rather, it’s like following a game plan on the basketball court; flexibility in the face of life’s dynamism is preferable to scrupulosity.

If you want to learn more about the idea of a developing a Program of Life, pick up a copy of Father Thomas Williams’ book “Spiritual Progress.”

Yours in Christ, Fr John Bartunek, LC

On the Net:
For more questions and answers on the spiritual life, go to

Book Recommendation: Spiritual Progress

Spiritual ProgressSpiritual Progress: Becoming the Christian You Want to Be

by Father Thomas Williams, LC

This book is for beginners… but in the broadest sense. It is for rank beginners, for whom the idea of spiritual progress presents a fresh exciting quest into the unknown. It is for “experienced” beginners for whom starting over has become something of a profession. It is for humbled beginners who realize that after much travel they need to retrace their steps and set out anew from square one. It is for curious beginners who for the first time are considering the spiritual life as something worthy of pursuit. It is even for embarrassed beginners, who realize they should probably be far ahead of where they find themselves. In short it is for anyone willing to take seriously Jesus’ words: “Unless you change and become as little children, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Adapted from the Introduction – no better way to say it…).

Table of Contents:

Ch 1: Redefining Success – Holiness and the Meaning of Life

Ch 2: True Love – The Heart of Christian Spirituality

Ch 3: WWJD? – What it Really Means to Follow Christ

Ch 4: The Road to Happiness – Reevaluating God’s Will

Ch 5: Talking with God – Prayer and Why it Matters

Ch 6: How to Pray – The Inner Dynamics of Christian Prayer

Ch 7: Where to Draw Water – The Sources of Christian Grace

Ch 8: You’ve Got a Friend – How Holy Spirit Can Make You a Saint

Ch 9: Honor Thy Mother – What Mary Has to Do with Christian Life

Ch 10: Becoming a Believer – Faith as a Gift of Choice

Ch 11: Discovering Your Best Self – True Humility in World of Vanity

Ch 12: Letting Go – Generosity as a Christian Virtue

Ch 13: Enemy at the Gates – A Dose of Christian Realism

Ch 14: Your Own Personal Trainer – Spiritual Direction & its Benefits

Ch 15: Drafting a Plan of Action – Usefulness of a Spiritual Program

Ch 16: Practicing and Preaching – Letting Others in on the Secret

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Published by: Josephine
Date: 2010-11-03 04:46:44
Very good article. I will look out for the book and start working on my plan. Josephine , Sydney

Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular