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Who You Are: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Baptism

January 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Sacraments

WHO YOU ARE: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

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The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Who You Are: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Baptism is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org

A deep crisis in our post-Christian culture is the loss of a sense of our identity, a kind of cultural and religious amnesia. To overcome that crisis, we need to rediscover the truth about who we are; we need to map our spiritual genome, so to speak.

This Retreat Guide, Who You Are: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Baptism, is a step in that direction, because in baptism we find the very DNA of our human and Christian identity.

  • In the first meditation, we will look at what Jesus teaches us about who we are in God’s eyes.
  • In the second meditation, we will delve into the symbols of the baptismal ceremony.
  • And in the conference, we will review some practical activities that can help us all develop our true Christian identity to the full.
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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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  • Michael

    ‘deep crisis in our post-Christian culture’ – How can there possibly be such a thing as ‘post-Christian’? Christ is alive and reigns – and will do forever – to which end so long as one person remains standing in belief of Christ, there is Christianity. We must get away from this expression – while we continue to use it, those outside the Church can rightfully proclaim, “O ye of little faith!”

  • DianeVa

    Thank you Fr Bartunek for another wonderful retreat! For myself this is what I experienced, the realization of my true identity and that is what we need to know and remember daily that we are a child of God, a sibling of Christ and as a member of the Church called to be a true disciple and live though, with and in Christ. So many people in the pews do not know or have forgotten their identity and the responsibility we have. Once our hearts are open the Holy Spirit will conform us if we invite Him in and renovate our hearts and minds!

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