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The Annunciation and the Blessed Virgin’s Consent (Part I of III)

December 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Mary, Meditations


THE ANNUNCIATION AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN’S CONSENT (Part I of III) An Advent Homily by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church Who doubts that the praises we give to the Mother of God redound to the honour of the Son of God; and, in like manner, that in honouring the Son we are also honouring the Mother? For if, according to Solomon, “A wise son is the glory of the father”... Read More

How Does One Love God With the Soul? (Part I of II)

February 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

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How Does One Love God with the Soul? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, Jesus talks about loving God with all one’s soul. How do we do that? THORNS CAN CHOKE the growth of the good seed of God’s grace, but shallow, rocky soil can wither it altogether. Jesus warned us of this, too. He used the analogy of bad soil that impedes a seed from putting down deep roots. Under the scorching sun, the plant... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist


Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity–except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the... Read More

Shouldn’t we Let David Off the Hook?

June 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Life


Dear Fr. John, I was intrigued by one of the first readings during daily Mass [not too long ago]. Why was God angry with David counting his people (taking a census)? What’s wrong with taking stock? What’s wrong with planning ahead or being proactive? I hear the argument made that David’s action implied a lack of trust in God. But aren’t we supposed to “do our best and... Read More

The History and Ruins of Jerusalem’s Temple

February 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


With the debut of The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land on EWTN this month (see details below), I am exploring the sites in the Holy Land. This month, in honor of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we’ll be looking at the history of Jerusalem’s temple and what remains of it today. Forty days after Jesus was born, the Holy Family travelled to Jerusalem, where they presented the baby to... Read More

Psalm 63: Psalm of King David When in the Judean Wilderness

November 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, Meditations


Psalm 63 — A Psalm of King David When in the Wilderness of Judah Psalm 63 – A Psalm of King David O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. Because thy steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise thee. So I will bless thee as long as I... Read More

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