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You Have What It Takes to Evangelize

July 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Fr. Bartunek

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You Have What It Takes to Evangelize   Dear Father John, Sometimes I get nervous, even scared, at the thought of evangelizing. Is this normal, and how can I overcome these feelings? THE CHURCH’S DEEPEST identity is found in her mission to evangelize, to proclaim and foster the growth of Christ’s kingdom. And God calls every Christian, every member of the Church, no matter how apparently small... Read More

Baptism — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Baptism   Presence of God – O God, who without any merit on my part, have made me Your child, grant that my life may be worthy of this divine Sonship. MEDITATION The Church, like a mother anxious for the salvation of her children, and eager to rescue them from the slavery of Satan, to make them living temples of God, does not wait until a child is able to appreciate the value of Baptism, but... Read More

What Exactly Are Virtues?

November 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Virtue

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What Exactly Are Virtues? AS HUMAN BEINGS in the world of time and space, we have to interact constantly with three basic realities: 1) things that cause or promise to cause pleasure; 2) things that cause or threaten to cause pain or harm; and 3) other persons. Our passions tend to react automatically to pleasures and pains…If we form the habit of making our decisions and taking action based... Read More

God’s Grace and the Evil of Enmity with God

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ON THE GREAT ADVANTAGES OF THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE GREAT EVIL OF BEING IN ENMITY WITH GOD “Man knoweth not the price thereof.” Job 28:13 “If,” says the Lord, “you separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (cf Jeremiah 15:19). They who know how to distinguish what is precious from what is vile, are like God, “who knows how to refuse the... Read More

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

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

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

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5

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Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5 Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5 ~~ In the third episode of five of the show Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Dan Burke discusses his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism through Protestantism and finally being received into the Church on the Feast of Our... Read More

What is Eternal Death?

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Fortea, Grace

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Father Fortea, what is eternal death? The human soul, as a spiritual reality, is immortal (see Catechism paragraph 366). Like any spirit, it is not subject to decay or illness; it cannot grow old or wear out. No matter what sins people commit, their souls cannot die in a metaphysical sense. They will exist forever.  Where they will exist forever – heaven or hell – is another matter. When... Read More

Renunciation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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Renunciation Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Renunciation – To give up something to which a person has a claim. Some renunciations are necessary by divine law; others are permitted and encouraged according to divine counsel. Everyone must renounce sin and those creatures that are proximate occasions to sin. In this category belongs the renunciation of Satan at Baptism, either... Read More

Baptism of the Lord, Feast

January 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal

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Baptism of the Lord Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Praying through Art “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake... Read More

Does the Holy Spirit work with those outside of the Church?

July 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Spirit

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Dear Father John, I thought I understood, more or less, how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. But in a recent faith sharing group, a question came up that made me wonder. Someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would not be with un-baptized persons if they ask Holy Spirit to dwell in them or to give them fortitude in a difficult situation. This came up while we were discussing how God’s grace... Read More

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