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When I am Weak, Then I am Strong: ‘Anointing of the Sick’ Retreat Guide

October 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Anointing of the Sick, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG–A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

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The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org.

Sickness and death were not part of God’s original plan for the human family; they were consequences of original sin. And when the moment comes for us, or for those whom we love, we face a critical choice:

Will we allow illness and suffering to lead us to “anguish, self-absorption…despair, and revolt against God”? Or will we allow these moments to make us “more mature” so that we can “discern…what is not essential” and “turn toward that which is”? (cf. CCC 1501)

These questions are addressed in our next Retreat Guide, When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.”

In the first meditation, we will learn how Jesus treated the sick.

In the second meditation, we will examine the meaning of the sacrament itself.

And in the conference, we will examine why the Church cautions us against euthanasia.

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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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