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Returning Love for Love: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Returning Love for Love Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Presence of God – O Jesus, You have loved me so much; enable me to repay Your love. MEDITATION In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares, “The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love... Read More

33. Eternal Reassurance (Matthew 10:26-33)

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“All my nothingness is drowned in the sea of your mercy. With the confidence of a child, I throw myself into your arms, O Father of mercy, to make up for the unbelief of so many souls who are afraid to trust in you.” – St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 10:26-33: ‘Do not be afraid of them [your persecutors] therefore. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What... Read More

Mystery of Hope

Mystery of Hope   Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory. MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Master’s words. But Jesus answered them still... Read More

258. Eating Right (John 6:52-59)

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“This sacrament is operative to produce both love and union with Christ. The greatest showing of love is to give oneself as food.” – St. Albert the Great John 6:52-59: Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive the gifts to help the virtues,... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity   Presence of God — “I return thanks to You, O God, one and true Trinity, one sovereign divinity, holy and indivisible unity” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION From Advent until today, the Church has had us consider the magnificent manifestations of God’s mercy toward men: the Incarnation, the Redemption, Pentecost. Now she directs our attention to the source of these gifts, the most... Read More

247. God’s Game Plan (John 3:16-21)

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he gained so great a Redeemer, and if God ‘gave his only Son’ in order that man ‘should not perish but have eternal life.’” – Saint John Paul II John 3:16-21: ‘Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the... Read More

Action of the Holy Spirit

The Action of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, make me realize Your action in my soul; teach me to recognize it and correspond with it. MEDITATION Just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in the most holy soul of Christ in order to bring it to God, so He abides in our souls for the same purpose. In Jesus He found a completely docile will, one that He could control perfectly, whereas in us He often meets resistance, the... Read More

Sweet Guest of the Soul

Sweet Guest of the Soul   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who deign to dwell in me, help me to open my soul completely to Your action. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mystici Corporis states that “the Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church.” Because soul means “principle of life,” this statement equivalently says that the divine Paraclete is the One who gives life to the Church. As the soul is the principle of life... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Judah.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Luke 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of the needs of others, that as... Read More

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