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52. Christian Rock (Matthew 16:13-20)

“Love for the Roman Pontiff must be in us a delightful passion, for in him we see Christ.” – St. José Marí­a Escrivá Matthew 16:13-20: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets’. ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say... Read More

49. Forced by Faith (Matthew 15:21-28)

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the blessings and benefits which you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. O most merciful friend, my brother and redeemer, grant that I may know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day, day by day. Amen.” – St. Richard of Chichester Matthew 15:21-28: Jesus left that place and withdrew to the region of... Read More

47. Why Do We Doubt? (Matthew 14:22-36)

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“If I try by myself to swim across the ocean of this world, the waves will certainly engulf me. In order to survive I must climb aboard a ship made of wood; this wood is the Cross of Christ. Of course, even on board ship there will be dangerous tempests and perils from the sea of this world. But God will help me remain on board the ship and arrive safely at the harbor of eternal life.” – St. Augustine Matthew 14:22-36:... Read More

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

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“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. Suddenly Moses and Elijah... Read More

A Virgin’s Courage: A Retreat Guide on St Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Resources, Retreat Guides

A Virgin’s Courage: A Retreat Guide on St. Kateri Tekakwitha (for today's Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha) During his last homily at his last World Youth Day, St. John Paul II spoke to almost one million young people gathered in the outskirts of Toronto, Canada about courage, about not being afraid to take a stand for Jesus Christ. In doing so, he invoked the example of the first Native American canonized saint from North... Read More

The Mystery of Eternal Love: A Retreat Guide on the Blessed Trinity

June 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Trinity

 The Mystery of Eternal Love: A Retreat Guide on the Blessed Trinity According to Pope Benedict XVI, as human beings, we have imprinted upon our spiritual DNA a profound mark of the Trinity, of God as Love, for we are created in the image and likeness of God, and, as the First Letter of John puts it, “God is love.” But who is this God in whose image we’re created? What difference does it make to say God is a Trinity of... Read More

Why are Saints Sometimes Pictured with Skulls?

Why are saints sometimes pictured with skulls?   Does that mean they are preoccupied with death? There sure seems to be an awful lot of that in old art. God bless you and your ministry. Yes, indeed, skulls make frequent appearances in Christian art, even today. I can understand your question about this practice; because, putting skulls everywhere can seem kind of morbid – especially for those of us who live in a... Read More

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection?

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Easter, Eternity, Fr. Bartunek, Resurrection

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection? Dear Father John, I was looking around the SpiritualDirection.com site and found a post from back in 2014 (Why are Holy Water Fonts at Church Doors? Why Bless Ourselves with Holy Water) in which you said that peacocks are considered signs of the Resurrection. I never knew that. Why are peacocks thought of in that way? Is it the same for peahens? One of our relatives has... Read More

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?   Choir and Rood Screen in Albi Cathedral in France From time to time, in various spiritual writings and elsewhere, I’ve come across the term “choir” and it seems like it has nothing to do with music, which is what I associate it with. I think it might have something to do with Mass, perhaps where it is said?, but I’m not exactly sure what. Is it used in certain settings? Could you... Read More

Demon Attacks

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

Demon Attacks Spiritual Warfare and Demonology I was wondering if a demon that is attacking a family you have never met can attack said person mentally and physically? I have been having dreams of this horrible monster coming after me and my family for years. And yesterday I was watching this story about some family being hurt by this demon. From what they describe of it, it sounds like it could be the same one or something similar... Read More

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