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Progress in the Apostolate

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Progress in the Apostolate Presence of God – Unite me to You, O Lord, and may the power of Your charity enkindle in my heart true apostolic fire. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that love is like fire. It produces a flame, and the flame of love is zeal. If the fire burns intensely, then the flame will also be intense and devouring. True apostolic zeal is the spontaneous result, the normal fruit of... Read More

The Duty of the Apostolate

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The Duty of the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Jesus, You who have accepted me as a member of Your Mystical Body, grant that I may not be in it as a stranger, but that I may work for the good of all my brethren. MEDITATION Regardless of the degree of charity to which a soul may have attained and of its particular vocation, there is for every Christian a duty of apostolate based on the very... Read More

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement

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Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don’t bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel,... Read More

Relationships or Activities?

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Fr. Bartunek, Mission

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Relationships or Activities?   Dear Father John, Is there anything wrong with putting too much emphasis in my passion and or apostolate? THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS gave when he sent out the first Christian missionaries included a curious directive: “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave” (Matthew 10:11). Christian Mission Is about People The... Read More

Sanctification in the Apostolate

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Sanctification in the Apostolate   Presence of God – Give me light, O God, that I may recognize the graces You have prepared for me to lead me to sanctity; help me to correspond with them. MEDITATION It is the saints who are the most efficient apostles. Must we then be saints before devoting ourselves to the apostolate? Theoretically, this is the ideal, but in practice, it is impossible. To... Read More

How do I Share my Faith when I am Naturally Shy? (Part I of II)

August 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, With the social media we have today (Facebook, etc.), why do I feel hesitant to share God’s messages such as scripture, prayers, testimonies, etc. due to a concern of “negative ramifications.” Although there are few times I am moved by the Spirit to share without a concern, I am mainly too shy to share; when I do share I can’t help feeling my efforts were done... Read More

Temptations of an apostolic heart

November 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Discernment, God's Will, Spiritual Warfare

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The enemy has no need to tempt those who float around in an apathetic slumber; he already owns them. The devil is occupied with those who work with fervor for the Kingdom of God. His first tactic is to find our greatest point of personal weakness and attack. It can be our health, our family, our prayer life (or lack of one). It can be relationships in our lives, it can be our root sin, or it can be... Read More

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