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Trouble with Trust: A Retreat Guide for Lent

March 3, 2014 by  
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Trouble with Trust Retreat Guide for Lent

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St. Paul tells us that because of Christ’s Passion – his suffering, death, and resurrection – God proves that he is completely trustworthy:

… If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? —Romans 8:31-32

All of us would like to believe this as deeply as St. Paul did, to trust God more firmly in the midst of life’s trials. Lent is a season to strengthen our trust, precisely by turning our attention to Christ’s Passion, and this Lenten Retreat Guide, Trouble with Trust, is designed to help.

·        In the first meditation, we will discover why it is so hard for us to trust God, by going back to the Garden of Eden.

·        In the second meditation, we will watch Jesus rebuild the bridge of trust between humanity and God, in the Garden of Gethsemane.

·        And in the conference, we will go over some ways to exercise our own trust in God, and make it grow.

During this Lenten season you may also want to check out “The Colors of the Cross” – the 2013 Retreat Guide for Lent.

As always, the Retreat Guides can be watched, listened to, or read – whichever helps you pray better. Enjoy using it for your own personal growth, invite someone else or gather up family and friends to make an online Do-It-Yourself Catholic Retreat Guide. Check it out now at

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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, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at

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  • LizEst

    Just in time for Lent! Thank you so much, Father Bartunek. God bless you!

  • judeen

    trust in God.. it is a decision.. not a feeling.. to decide to trust God no matter how I am feeling.. again this goes back to our temptations.. to listen or not.. we are purified.. showen that we must not trust our bodys.. our minds.. our feelings.. or emotions.. to only trust God.. this is a purification we go through in our spiritual lives.. one step at a time

    • Yes, judeen…..I can’t remember where I read this, but it gave me the perfect direction to my daily life and every decision I make from moment to moment because He must be Number One in everything……”Do you love Me more than……????……and your Decision to respond to Him in the affirmative opens the floodgates of His Graces to enable you to stick to that deliberate Affirmative Response…

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