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Fire of Mercy: A Retreat Guide for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

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FIRE OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY   The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Fire of Mercy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When was the last time you thought about what happens after we die? Certainly, you already know what happens—we all learned it in Catechism class: first comes death, unavoidable for all of us, then comes judgment,... 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

Distractions in Prayer

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Distractions in Prayer Golden Lion Tamarin monkey, Adrian Pingstone, 30 July 2003, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons. What do giant trees and screaming monkeys have to do with praying? Dan and Melissa will tell you. Join them as they discuss reasons why we are distracted in prayer, and offer some strategies to deal with the distractions in prayer. “A Hermit Praying”, Gerrit Dou, between 1645 and... Read More

What is the Unforgivable Sin?

March 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Grace, Sin, Spiritual Direction

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Dear Father John, I’ve heard that God forgives all sins. But, I’ve also heard something about an “unforgivable sin”. It seems there’s a contradiction there. What is that all about? Is there really a sin that God won’t forgive? And, what happens if I commit that? What do I do then? This probably is a reference to the following Gospel passage: “Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy... Read More

I’m Not Sure I Trust God Anymore. Can You Help?

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Fr. Bartunek, Trust in God

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Editor’s Note: This is another excerpt from Father John Bartunek’s new book “Seeking First the Kingdom” filled with “practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life”. My kids have had so many problems in their adult lives that I’m not sure God is watching over them and helping them. I’m not so sure I trust God anymore.... Read More

How does a person accept God’s mercy?

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Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn’t accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part II of II

December 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass

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Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? In our first post on this topic, we discussed distractions during Mass. Fr. John gave reflections... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part I of II

December 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? As long as we are human, we will be battling distractions. Even the Catechism makes this... Read More

How can I forgive someone when they do not repent? – Part II of II

July 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I have had this question regarding forgiveness ever since my husband filed for divorce and treated me terribly during the process. He never acknowledged his treatment of me nor repented and asked for forgiveness, yet, in confession I was always told that I still must forgive him. Fortunately, eventually God gave me the grace to forgive him, as He made me see that, sinner that I am,... Read More

How can I forgive someone when they do not repent? Part I of II

June 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I have had this question regarding forgiveness ever since my husband filed for divorce and treated me terribly during the process. He never acknowledged his treatment of me nor repented and asked for forgiveness, yet, in confession I was always told that I still must forgive him. Fortunately, eventually God gave me the grace to forgive him, as He made me see that, sinner that I am,... Read More

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