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14. Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48)

Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48) “Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong.” St. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris Matthew 5:38-48 ‘You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to... Read More

13. The Heart of the Matter (Matthew 5:17-37)

The Heart of the Matter (Matthew 5:17-37) “The Christian life is the continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christ’s here on earth, continuing his life and his works, laboring and suffering.” — St John Eudes Matthew 5:17-37  “Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.... Read More

11. A Path and a Goal (Matthew 5:1-12)

“Waiting and patience are necessary if we are to fulfill what we have begun to be, and to receive, through God’s unfailing help, what we hope for and believe.” — St Cyprian Matthew 5:1-12 Seeing the crowds, he went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: ‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom... Read More

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don’t bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel,... Read More

The Beatitudes Explained and More

May 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Life of Christ (Week 7 of 27)   The Beatitudes Explained and More Though I’m enjoying this book immensely, I have to be honest with you: I’m not in a season of my life when reading is easy. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I love reading. I self-identify as a reading hobbyist. Asked what my ideal day consists of, I can’t help but include coffee and reading. But it’s May... Read More

Does God interfere with our free will?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Free Will

Dear Father John, when we pray for a good and holy intention for a soul, for example: for someone’s return to the Roman Catholic Faith and their Holy Death or that someone will resist committing a serious sin, am I correct in my understanding that Our Dear Lord will stand beside this Soul and bestow upon them the necessary Graces they will need to make the right and wise decision of returning back to... Read More

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