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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience – and Where to Get One (I of III)

November 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part I of III)   Guitar choir or Gregorian Chant? Communion on the tongue or in the hand? Liturgical language that is elevated, formal, and Latinate—as in the present Roman Missal—or language more common, casual, and conversational—as in the former Sacramentary? Opinions on liturgical matters such as these differ, as with myriad... Read More

God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible

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God’s Not Mean So Hell’s Not Possible   I had a conversation recently with a good and intelligent person who began by saying he didn’t believe in hell or the devil. The upshot of it was this: that God is good and forgiving and would never condemn anyone to unending suffering. He just wouldn’t do that. That would be mean and God can’t be mean. What he expressed, on one hand, was actually... Read More

Liturgical Prayer — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Liturgical Prayer Presence of God – O Jesus, Head of the Mystical Body, grant that while praying with the Church, I may unite myself to Your prayer. MEDITATION A Christian is not isolated. As man, he belongs to the great human family; as one baptized, he is grafted onto Christ and becomes a member of His Mystical Body, the Church. A Christian is, at the same time, a child of God and a child of the... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II)

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Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: In part one, we talked about the suffering of innocents and whether or not it is possible to win all arguments. Today, we will look reflect on the sacredness of human life and the meaning in suffering. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your... Read More

Gay Son Wants Gay “Marriage”: How to Respond?

December 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek

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Gay Son Wants Gay “Marriage” How to Respond? Dear Father John, Sorry to keep bothering you but in light of the new ruling allowing gay “marriage” throughout our nation I was wondering, how are we as faithful Catholics to respond to this? How should we feel? My oldest son is gay and he’s very passionate about this new law and I don’t know how to respond to him. I don’t... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer

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Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing... Read More

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, In my daily prayer, I cannot help but feel myself torn between two emotions. One is the heartfelt desire to trust Jesus totally as I know he is present with me. The other is a human fear about the rise of demonic extremist Islam and the decline of our Judeo-Christian culture. I want to experience peace but so... Read More

Reading Non-Canonized Books of the Bible

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Dear Father John, I recently came back to the Church and one of the things that has really awakened me, other than the “Catholics Come Home” book, was the works of Dr. Peter Kreeft. I have found that in my ‘older’ age, theology is something that I am really enjoying reading and thinking about. My question is, is it ‘safe’ to read non-canonized books of the Bible?... Read More

What Does the Church Say About Shrunken Heads?

February 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Dignity, Fr. Bartunek, Magic

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Dear Father John, I know a Catholic who has a genuine shrunken head in their home on display. It’s a little creepy to me, to say the least. I have prayed for all involved. Can you shed some light on what the Church has to say about this? Is voodoo involved with shrunken heads? Let’s both hope that you are somehow mistaken, that this item is in fact not a “genuine shrunken head”! And if it truly... Read More

What is God’s Opinion on Plastic Surgery? (II of II)

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In our first post, we looked at the moral matrix and dimensions that this question poses. In today’s post, we’ll look at the spiritual motivations for having plastic surgery and what this means for the integral dignity of the person considering it. …a reader asks: Q: I was wondering what is God’s opinion on plastic surgery. I didn’t know if there was any information in... Read More

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