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Blessed Are the Clean of Heart

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Blessed Are the Clean of Heart   Presence of God – O Lord, purify my heart and my mind, that I may learn to know You better. MEDITATION The beatitude: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8), corresponds to the gift of understanding. There is a purity of heart which is the indispensable condition for receiving an abundant inflowing of the gift of understanding;... Read More

Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down?


Is it a Sin to Put Yourself Down? “Oh, I’m so inept!  I can’t do anything right!” There are endless variations of the self-deprecating rants. They are dressed up like humility but smack of pride. The person announcing his failings probably does not boast and is instead seeking a humble path, but he unwittingly travels by way of pride.  Whether boasting or bemoaning one’s own characteristics,... Read More

How should I prepare for Advent?

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations


Dear Father John, Advent is coming! Even from a distance I feel my shoulders tightening up from the stress of all the noise of the season that has nothing to do with Christ. Do you have any recommendations for how I might better prepare this year? Are you aware of any good books that I can use for spiritual reading through this season to help me to keep my eyes on Christ? Thank you for asking this... Read More

Is there Anything Wrong with Remaining Childless?

November 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Drs. Franks, Marriage Spirituality


Dear Angela and David, there was an article in TIME Magazine a few months ago about how a “childfree” life is so fulfilling. I’m recently married, and I have to confess that I’m scared about having kids. Is there anything wrong with remaining childless if one doesn’t contracept in order to do it? Angela says: The TIME article is called “The Childfree Life.” Its main point is that kids... Read More

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine


St Augustine: His Grace for My Sin His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine “What fault committed by man has not been expiated by the Son of God made man? What pride can be so immeasurably inflated, that it could not be brought down by such humility? Truly, O my God, if we were to weigh both the offenses committed by sinners, and the grace of God the Redeemer, we would find that... Read More

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