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Can I Really Love God with All My Strength?

September 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction


Can I Really Love God with All My Strength? Dear Father John,  Jesus said we were supposed to love God with all our strength.  It’s hard to do anything with all my strength, especially as I get older.  Is it really possible to love God with all my strength? MANY POSTMODERN ideologies and theories of human behavior tend to either over- or underemphasize the power of human freedom. These have ... Read More

Judge Not

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Judge Not   Presence of God – O Lord, keep me from judging and criticizing my neighbor; give me kind, loving thoughts about everyone. MEDITATION “Judge not, that you may not be judged” (Mt 7:1). Charity to our neighbor begins with our thoughts, as many of our failings in charity are basically caused by our judgments. We do not think highly enough of others, we do not sufficiently consider... Read More

Anxiety remains well after the election

December 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Fr. Bartunek


Dear Fr. John, I am deeply distressed by the outcome of our election. I am beyond myself when I consider that more than 40% of Mass-going Catholics committed mortal sin (or something close depending on their knowledge) by voting for someone who will continue to support Planned Parenthood and abortion. I know it has only been a matter of days but I just can’t shake my anxiety over all of this.... Read More

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