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33. Eternal Reassurance (Matthew 10:26-33)

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“All my nothingness is drowned in the sea of your mercy. With the confidence of a child, I throw myself into your arms, O Father of mercy, to make up for the unbelief of so many souls who are afraid to trust in you.” – St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 10:26-33: ‘Do not be afraid of them [your persecutors] therefore. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden... Read More

258. Eating Right (John 6:52-59)

“This sacrament is operative to produce both love and union with Christ. The greatest showing of love is to give oneself as food.” – St. Albert the Great John 6:52-59: Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you... Read More

The Mystery of Eternal Love: A Retreat Guide on the Blessed Trinity

June 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Trinity

 The Mystery of Eternal Love: A Retreat Guide on the Blessed Trinity According to Pope Benedict XVI, as human beings, we have imprinted upon our spiritual DNA a profound mark of the Trinity, of God as Love, for we are created in the image and likeness of God, and, as the First Letter of John puts it, “God is love.” But who is this God in whose image we’re created? What difference does it make... Read More

301. The Church Gets Going (John 20:19-31)

“Christ who is God, supreme over all, has arranged to wash man clean of sin and to make our old nature new.”  –  St. Hippolytus John 20:19-31: In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and... Read More

290. Casting Out the Devil Forever – John 17:1-11

“It is clear to me that if we wish to please God and to receive graces in abundance from him, it is God’s will that these graces should come to us through the hands of Christ in his most holy humanity.” – St. Teresa of Avila John 17:1-11: “Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have... Read More

92. Go! Matthew 28:11-20

“…God alone satisfies and infinitely surpasses man’s desire, which for that reason is never at rest save in God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas Matthew 28:11-20: Now while they [the women to whom Christ had appeared] were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened. These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed... Read More

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection?

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Easter, Eternity, Fr. Bartunek, Resurrection

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection? Dear Father John, I was looking around the SpiritualDirection.com site and found a post from back in 2014 (Why are Holy Water Fonts at Church Doors? Why Bless Ourselves with Holy Water) in which you said that peacocks are considered signs of the Resurrection. I never knew that. Why are peacocks thought of in that way? Is it the same for peahens?... Read More

Demon Attacks

Demon Attacks Spiritual Warfare and Demonology I was wondering if a demon that is attacking a family you have never met can attack said person mentally and physically? I have been having dreams of this horrible monster coming after me and my family for years. And yesterday I was watching this story about some family being hurt by this demon. From what they describe of it, it sounds like it could be... Read More

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Prayer, Retreat Guides

for post Lenten Retreat on Saint Joseph

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph (A Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org)   He is the universal patron and protector of the Catholic Church. He is the traditional patron of a happy death, of fathers and of unborn children, of immigrants and workers, of home hunters and people facing doubt and hesitation, and of dozens of countries, regions, and cities across the world.... Read More

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action,... Read More

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