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Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

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Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner that not even God can forgive... Read More

Understanding Dreams

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Understanding Dreams   Dear Father John, I have a question and seeking an explanation. If any I’m a recovering addict and have spiritually renewed myself. Gave myself to God and my chains have been broken. Since then I have had two dreams or nightmares (if that’s what you call them) but they were both battling and fighting demons. The first dream I awoke feeling scared and a little confused. The second time I awoke... Read More

6. Wake-Up Call (Matthew 3:1-12)

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“The brightest of all lights follows the lamp that goes before him. The Word follows the voice in the wilderness. The bridegroom follows the friend of the bridegroom who is making ready for God a special people, cleansing them with water in anticipation of the Spirit.” – St. Gregory Nazianzen Matthew 3:1-12: In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent,... Read More

Do I Need a Savior? An Advent Retreat Guide on the Prophet Isaiah

November 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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DO I NEED A SAVIOR? AN ADVENT RETREAT GUIDE ON THE PROPHET ISAIAH The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality: Do I Need a Savior? is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Advent is about new beginnings. The Church year, also known as the liturgical year, starts afresh on the First Sunday of Advent. And the whole season is dedicated to preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, the day that Jesus was born, the... Read More

76. Getting Ready (Matthew 24:37-51)

November 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“He first came in the order of divine providence to teach men by gentle persuasion, but when he comes again they will, whether they wish it or not, be subjected to his kingship.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem Matthew 24:37-51: “As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went... Read More

233. The King’s Pardon (Luke 23:33-43)

November 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“O wonderful cross, upon whose branches hung the treasure and redemption of captive men, through you the world is redeemed by the blood of the Lord.” – Liturgy of the Hours Luke 23:33-43: When they reached the place called The Skull, they crucified him there and the two criminals also, one on the right, the other on the left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.’ Then they cast... Read More

224. Staying Faithful in the Fray (Luke 21:8-24)

November 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“The charms of prosperity must not lead us astray; for only a foolish traveler, when he sees pleasant fields on his way, forgets to go on towards his destination.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great Luke 21:8-24: ‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said, ‘because many will come using my name and saying, I am he and, The time is near at hand. Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened,... Read More

Fire of Mercy: A Retreat Guide for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

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FIRE OF MERCY: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND ALL SOULS’ DAY   The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Fire of Mercy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When was the last time you thought about what happens after we die? Certainly, you already know what happens—we all learned it in Catechism class: first comes death, unavoidable for all of us, then comes judgment, and depending on how that... Read More

Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Finding a Director, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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Deacon Seeking New Spiritual Director Dear Rev. Bartunek, I was provided your email address from Catholic Spiritual Direction upon request. I was hoping you might write an article on the following question. I am in the process of looking for a new spiritual director. While meeting with a prospective director the priest explained that he approaches direction from a “contemplative” approach and explained this to me after... Read More

Changing Spiritual Directors

October 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

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 Changing Spiritual Directors   Dear Fr. Bartunek, Thank you for your post. This is the first time I have ever commented, but your topic is just too much of a coincidence to ignore. I have had the same spiritual director since 2013. He is the pastor of a large parish and school and is very busy. There is another pastor whose spirituality I greatly admire, that I hoped I could ask to be my spiritual director, if the direction... Read More

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