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Three Hearts: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Marriage

February 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Marriage Spirituality, Retreat Guides

Three Hearts -Marriage a Retreat Guide
The newest Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org, “Three Hearts: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Marriage“, will be a great way to celebrate with your valentine and loved ones. Perfect for any Marriage Preparation Program, Renewal of Vows Retreat, rehearsal dinner, or date night for discovering and deepening in the vision God has for marriage.

In the first meditation, we use the liturgical texts from the marriage ceremony to reflect deeply on God’s vision for marriage as an image of the Trinity.
In the second meditation, we reflect on some texts in light of every married couple’s threefold mission.
In the conference, we get practical in looking at attitudes and actions that can help married couples meet one of their biggest challenges – effective communication.

By creating the human family in his own image, God created every one of us with a vocation to love. So, if you are not yet married, this Retreat Guide is for you too. It will help you keep an eye on the future, to prepare yourself to be the kind of spouse you really want to be. For those of us following a celibate vocation in some form of consecrated life, we too can benefit from this Retreat Guide in relation to our consecrated community, and the Church institution that we minister to.

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

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  • Marriage and Culture

    Our children do have an innate understanding of the way marriage,
    and family should work. Yesterday, a
    father of three children who were all born outside of marriage to the same
    mother shared a question his 7 year old daughter asked him. She asked, “Daddy, if you and mommy were not
    married, how did you have children?” The Three Hearts retreat guide is a
    positive action toward protecting God’s vision for marriage, and a critical
    step in guarding the meaning of a sacramental marriage for our children’s
    future.

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