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268. A Blind Man Sees (John 9:1-17)

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Let us carry bravely the shield of faith, so that with its protection we may be able to parry whatever the enemy hurls at us.” – St. Cyprian John 9:1-17: As he went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was... Read More

269. The Seeing Go Blind (John 9:18-41)

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“God is watching us as we battle and fight in the combat of the faith. His angels are watching us, and so is Christ.” – St. Cyprian John 9:18-41: However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind and had gained his sight, without first sending for his parents and asking them, ‘Is this man really your son who you say was born blind? If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’... Read More

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Transferred)

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O glorious St. Joseph, under your patronage, may my interior life grow and develop. MEDITATION Today the Church presents St. Joseph, the great Patriarch, to whose care God willed to entrust the most chosen portion of His flock, Mary, and Jesus. Because Joseph was selected by God to be the guardian of the family of... Read More

249. Quenching Christ’s Thirst (John 4:1-30)

March 15, 2017 by  
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“To show that he was not different from us, he undertook hard work, he went hungry and thirsty, he took rest and sleep, he did not shirk suffering, he revealed the Resurrection.” – St. Hippolytus John 4:1-30: When Jesus heard that the Pharisees had found out that he was making and baptizing more disciples than John – though in fact it was his disciples who baptized, not Jesus himself... Read More

250. Food for Life (John 4:31-42)

March 15, 2017 by  
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“The best way to become a saint is to plunge ourselves in the will of God, as a stone is immersed in the water. We must allow ourselves to be tossed like a ball here and there according to his good pleasure.” – St. Clement Hofbauer John 4:31-42: Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, do have something to eat; but he said, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So... Read More

54. Mountaintop Meetings (Matthew 17:1-13)

March 8, 2017 by  
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“If he were not of the same nature as ourselves, his command to imitate him as a master would be a futile one.” – St. Hippolytus Matthew 17:1-13: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.... Read More

Corporal Mortification

Corporal Mortification   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, grant that my love for You may make me willing to crucify my flesh with You and for You. MEDITATION As a result of original sin, man no longer has complete dominion over his senses and his flesh; therefore he is filled with evil tendencies which try to push him toward what is base. St. Paul humbly admits: “I know that there dwelleth... Read More

Evangelical Poverty — Divine Intimacy Meditation

Evangelical Poverty   Presence of God – O Jesus, for my sake You embraced a life of extreme poverty; make me realize the great value of this virtue. MEDITATION One day a scribe approached Jesus and said to Him, “Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou shalt go.’ Jesus answered him, ‘The foxes have their holes, and the birds of the air have their nests; but the Son of Man... Read More

The Necessity for Interior Purification

The Necessity for Interior Purification   Presence of God – Purify my soul, O Lord, so that it may be filled completely with Your light and Your love. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross compares the soul to a glass window with a ray of sunlight shining on it. If the glass is dirty, “the ray cannot illuminate it, nor transform it completely into its light; its illumination will be in proportion... Read More

“I Am the Way”

“I Am the Way”   Presence of God – O Jesus, my beloved Master, take my hand and lead me to the Father: You alone are the way of salvation and sanctity. MEDITATION Jesus is not only the Master who teaches us how to attain to the perfection of His heavenly Father, but He is also the living model of that perfection. Men, on the other hand, are by their very nature so limited and imperfect... Read More

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