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The Dawn of Mercy: An Easter Retreat Guide on Divine Mercy

March 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Divine Mercy, Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Retreat Guides



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Violence, hatred, injustice—it takes heroic fortitude just to turn on the daily news. And this evil isn’t abstract. It has a name. Events in society mirror a reality we all face every day. It’s called sin; it’s ugly; and it’s horrifically destructive.

Have you ever wondered if there’s a limit to this evil? Does it simply surge unchecked, leaving broken lives strewn in its wake? Does sin have the last word in my own life and in the life of the world?

In his book Memory and Identity, Saint John Paul II wrote, “The limit imposed upon evil, of which man is both perpetrator and victim, is ultimately the Divine Mercy.” What is this Divine Mercy and what does it mean? Even more importantly, does it make a difference in my life? How do I receive it?

These questions have an answer; and, that answer is a person. Evil, the fruit of sin, does not have the last word. There is a Word more powerful than sin, more powerful than evil. Jesus Christ is the Word of the Father, who came to bring us forgiveness, healing, and union with God. Divine Mercy is when God’s love, in Jesus, meets our brokenness.

With that in mind, here’s a brief overview of The Dawn of Mercy: An Easter Retreat Guide on Divine Mercy.

In the First Meditation, we’ll explore the dawn of the devotion to the Divine Mercy in the midst of the 20th century’s horrific evil.

In the Second Meditation, we’ll reflect on how Divine Mercy meets each of us individually.

In the Conference, we’ll look at Divine Mercy as an offer and a response, and examine some practical consequences.

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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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  • marybernadette

    ‘For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion,
    have mercy on us and on the whole world.’

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