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Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire (Part I of II)

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Adoration, Anthony Lilles, Prayer

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“Hunger for silence is the sign of spiritual maturity.” This saying is attributed to Blessed John Paul the Great and reminds me of the program he proposed to the Church after the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. He called the Church to gaze on the face of Christ. Learning to gaze on the face of Christ takes us into a mystery of great silence – not just the absence of noise, but a peaceful... Read More

How should I prepare for Advent?

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

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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

Pilgrimage of Faith & Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope

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I recently accompanied a group of pilgrims from the Tatra Mountains of Poland to Warsaw for the Year of Faith. Twenty years ago, the Pilgrim Pope came to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver and spent time in prayer in a retreat center, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  We decided that we would go to the mountains of Blessed John Paul II to pray and to thank God for the graces of those days and for... Read More

Having John Paul II over for Christmas…

December 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Videos

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As you know, Blessed John Paul II will soon be St. John Paul II. So if you’re one of his fans, so to speak, or if you know someone who is, here’s an idea for a Christmas gift. Soon after John Paul II’s beatification, CCC of America released a special edition of a 4-DVD set on the papacy of John Paul II. Originally produced by renowned Italian journalist Alberto Michelini, this English... Read More

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