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Reparation — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Reparation   Presence of God – Heart of Jesus, wounded for love of us, make me worthy to make reparation for all the wounds our sins have inflicted upon You. MEDITATION We find in the hymn for First Vespers of the Feast of the Sacred Heart [which we celebrated last Friday] the following words: “Lo, the proud, insolent procession of our offenses has wounded the innocent Heart of God.” And... Read More

Reparation – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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Reparation Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Reparation – The act or fact of making amends. It implies an attempt to restore things to their normal or sound conditions, as they were before something wrong was done. It applies mainly to recompense for the losses sustained or the harm caused by some morally bad action. With respect to God, it means making up, with greater love,... Read More

A Reflection on All Souls and Our Souls

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All Souls’ Day makes us mindful not only of the death of our dear ones but also of our own. Death is a punishment, bringing with it, of necessity, a feeling of pain, of fear, of uncertainty. The saints experienced it, and Jesus Himself willed to undergo it. Thus the Church puts before us passages from scripture most suited to encourage us: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…... Read More

Struggling with suffering… Part II of II

January 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

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Dear Father John, I really want to think of God as good but lately I have been struggling with all the suffering I see around me and in my own life. Where is God in all of this? In our first post in this two part series we reflected on suffering from a number of conceptual angles to try to orient our hearts in the right direction. Now we will discuss a few practical matters. Our faith is weak, and... Read More

Struggling with suffering… Part I of II

January 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

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Dear Father John, I really want to think of God as good but lately I have been struggling with all the suffering I see around me and in my own life. Where is God in all of this? Suffering and sorrow challenge our faith in God. They push us out of our spiritual comfort zone as we find ourselves asking: If God is all-powerful and all good, why doesn’t he just fix everything, why does he let so many... Read More

More indulgence clarification…

October 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Indulgences, Penance/Confession, Sin

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Dear Father John, As I read your excellent posts on indulgences. A question occurred to me. If a person were to perform these suggested spiritual exercises without asking for the indulgence, would he still obtain the indulgence? Also since no longer are there no longer specified “time outs” applied to the purgatory… how do we arrive at how many indulgences are enough to avoid as much... Read More

Plenary Indulgences and Purgatory – Part III of III

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Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of our series on plenary indulgences. You can find the previous installment in our series here. Based on your feedback and further consideration on the initial question, I thought I should share a few more thoughts on this topic. The Days of Our Indulgences I want to start with two clarifications. First of all, one reader referred to the older practice of... Read More

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