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The Gift of Fortitude

The Gift of Fortitude   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You know how weak I am; make me strong with Your divine fortitude. MEDITATION Under the influence of the gift of fear, the soul puts itself completely into the hands of God and has but one desire, that of never being separated from Him. The gift of fortitude comes to strengthen it so that it may be always more and more courageous in serving... Read More

61. Give and Take (Matthew 20:1-19)

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“It is not only as past history that we know all that the Son of God did and taught for the reconciliation of the world; here and now we feel the effects of its power.” – Pope St. Leo the Great Matthew 20:1-19: ‘Now the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them... Read More

Perseverance and Confidence

Perseverance and Confidence   Presence of God – O Lord, increase my confidence in Your help and grant that in this confidence, I may always find courage to begin again. MEDITATION What most distresses souls of good will who are seriously trying to live a spiritual life, is to find themselves falling so many times, despite their continual and sincere resolutions. When they begin a program of... Read More

58. Ocean of Mercy (Matthew 18:21-35)

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“O Christian, be aware of your nobility – it is God’s own nature that you share; do not then, by an ignoble life, fall back into your former baseness.” – Pope St. Leo the Great Matthew 18:21-35: Then Peter went up to him and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. ‘And... Read More

57. United We Stand (Matthew 18:15-20)

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“He proved that neither unity nor peace could be kept unless the brethren treat one another with mutual forbearance, and preserve the bond of concord through patience.” – St. Cyprian Matthew 18:15-20: “If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, is between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take... Read More

Justice and Religion

Justice and Religion   Presence of God – Help me, O God, by Your grace, to render You all the homage of which I am capable. MEDITATION Justice leads us to render to each one what is his due. But when it is a question of justice to God, we can never succeed in giving Him all that we owe Him, in making Him a suitable return for all His gifts, in paying Him the worship and homage which are due... Read More

53. God’s Wild Idea (Matthew 16:21-28)

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Offer him your sufferings according to all the intentions for which he continually offers himself on the altars of our churches. Your sacrifice, united to the sacrifice of Jesus, will bring many sinners back to the Father; many without faith will find the true faith; many weak Christians will receive the strength to live fully the teaching and the law of Christ.” – Venerable Pope Pius XII Matthew... Read More

Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens

Bear Ye One Another's Burdens   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, prompt, attentive charity for the needs of others, a charity which, for the love of You, knows how to make itself all things to all men. MEDITATION Everyone has some burden, more or less heavy, to bear: physical or moral weakness, the press of duties and responsibilities, fatigue or other troubles which weigh on his shoulders.... Read More

The Precept of Charity

The Precept of Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to love You truly, with my whole heart, my whole soul, and with all my strength. MEDITATION “Virtue lies in the golden mean.” This maxim which is so exact for the moral virtues, cannot be applied to the theological virtues, which, having an infinite object, can have no limit. The measure of our faith, hope, and charity is to believe,... Read More

Hope

Hope   Presence of God – O Lord, strengthen my hope, for he who hopes in You will never be confounded. MEDITATION Faith makes us know God; we believe in Him with all our strength but we do not see Him. Our faith, therefore, needs to be supported by the certitude that some day we will see our God, that we will possess Him and will be united to Him forever. The virtue of hope gives us this certitude... Read More

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