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What if I Told You this New Year’s Resolution to Take Some Weight Off?

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What if I Told You This New Year’s Resolution to Take Some Weight Off? I live less than a mile from the most popular Fitness Center in Butte County here in Northern California – In Motion Fitness, and as the New Year is suddenly upon us, I am seeing that annual overflow of traffic that comes with everyone’s “New Year’s resolution”. Who has not made that January 1st commitment... Read More

Calming the Storm: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila – Day 30 Reflections, Pt 2

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Calming the Storm 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 30 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Why does God allow suffering? St. Teresa helps us make sense of God’s role in our suffering. Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila…and on calming the storm. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does God “raise... Read More

Carrying Out Works of Mercy

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CARRYING OUT WORKS OF MERCY Dear Fr. John, Sometimes, when I set out to do some work of mercy, such as go to a funeral or help someone out, all of a sudden, I feel ill. I have the good intention but feel physically lousy and not able to carry it out. In other words, this is not coming from me but it makes me wonder… Ruling out medical issues, how do I know whether this is an indication from the... Read More

Using the Catholic Faith as Part of Recovery

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Using the Catholic Faith As Part of Recovery Being Catholic is a walk with resolutions. Every confession and examination of conscious ends with the resolve to do better. Although real changes don’t come easy, we rely on God’s mercy and begin again after each fall. But add in an addiction and failing becomes habitual and can cause a person feel like he is beyond God’s mercy. Research reveals... Read More

Into the New Year

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Into the New Year This year, I’m getting a running start! I’m going to shoot into the New Year like a cannonball! Each New Year’s Eve, I find myself a bit introspective. Something about the mystery of time gets me thinking. Another year has passed. Another year is sealed in which scores of events and actions have been irrevocably woven into its fabric. In my own life too, I become aware that... Read More

Simple Resolutions for the New Year

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Simple Resolutions for the New Year … I thought I would once again suggest some simple but powerful resolutions for the New Year. So, without a lot of fanfare, here they are: Commit to daily prayer – The stronger our relationship with God is, the stronger our relationships with others will be. Commit to carving out 10-15 minutes of quiet meditation each day. Get away from distractions... Read More

How can we celebrate more fully the season of Easter?

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon... Read More

Examination of Conscience

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Examination of Conscience   Presence of God – O Lord, cast a ray of light on my soul, so that I may be able to see myself as You see me and as You judge me. MEDITATION To insure an orderly and progressive growth in the spiritual life, we must know ourselves. We have to consider our sins, our weak points, our evil tendencies, as well as the progress we have already made, the favorable results... Read More

A Lenten Reflection – Less of Martha to More of Mary

February 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Lent, Marta Goodwin, Seasonal Meditations

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Last night we received a slight dusting of snow and then it iced covering the trees encapsulating them in to delicate figurines gleaming in the morning sunlight. While it looks beautiful, I sit on my couch in the warmth of my home knowing how frigid the air outside is. I should be used to it by now having been born and raised in New England and now raising my own family here, but I am starting to get... Read More

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