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The Widow’s Might: A Retreat Guide for Lent

February 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Retreat Guides

THE WIDOW’S MIGHT: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR LENT

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The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, The Widow’s Might: A Retreat Guide for Lent, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org .

In the Book of Acts, St. Paul provides a quotation from Jesus that never appears in the four Gospels. Here is the passage:

“…[K]eep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” –Acts 20:35

Giving is better than getting, according to the Lord; generosity leads to greater happiness (“blessedness”) than cupidity.

We need to continually turn our attention to Jesus, so that the priorities of his heart can gradually become the priorities of our hearts. And that’s what this Lenten Retreat Guide, The Widow’s Might, is all about.

  • In the first meditation, we will hear Jesus teach about true generosity.
  • In the second meditation, we will contemplate one of his parables about the limited value of material things.
  • And in the conference, we will review the deep yet very practical theological concept of stewardship.
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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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  • madeleine

    Father why it is titled Widow’s “might”. Shouldn’t it be spelled “mite” or are you using some kind of a play on words?

    • LizEst

      Yes, Father John is, indeed, using the spelling “might” purposely. I see he got your attention! …and I recommend you watch, listen, or download the retreat so you can find out why he used “might” instead of “mite”. Thanks for noticing…and God bless you, madeleine.

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