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A Frame of Mercy

October 3, 2016 by  
Filed under God's Love, Jo Flemings, Mercy, Relationship with Christ


Editor’s Note: Today we introduce Jo Flemings to you as a writer on our site.  Please welcome her warmly and make her feel at home. A Frame of Mercy   I work part-time. I am a nanny, personal assistant, specialty chef, and girl-Friday for a young mother in an affluent neighborhood in my town. I love my boss, her family, and my job. When I started in this position a couple of years ago, I was in dire straits because... Read More

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord


End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord   As a priest, people often talk to me about their lives and their problems.  Inevitably, I ask them how their relationship with God is.  I can usually tell from their response if they have a long-distance relationship with the Lord.  The language they use reveals that a deep, personal friendship with God is somewhat of a foreign concept.  For example, they’ll say, “Well,... Read More

In Conversation With God: Book Recommendation

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In Conversation with God: Book Recommendation from Father Michael Najim   Father Michael Najim recommends the tool of daily spiritual reading as a wonderful thing to incorporate into your daily spiritual plan of life.  Reading a good spiritual book helps stoke the fire of God’s love in your heart, even if it is just ten or fifteen minutes a day.  It helps to deepen our relationship with the Lord.  We also grow in... Read More

The Key to Living a Holy Life


The Key to Living a Holy Life The name of my blog sometimes frightens me because I fear I’ve set myself up as someone who knows how to be holy or who knows how to give advice on how to live a holy life. Neither of those are true! The truth is that I don’t believe I’m holy or that I have the best advice for living a holy life. However, I believe that my deepest desire is to be holy and that on my best days I aspire to live... Read More

The Influence of Jesus

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The Influence of Jesus Presence of God — O Jesus, give me the grace to understand that my soul is always under the powerful, sanctifying influence of Your sacred humanity. MEDITATION “Virtue went out from Him, and healed all” (Luke 6:19), the Gospel says in speaking of Jesus and the astonishing miracles which He worked. At the touch of His hand, the blind saw, the deaf heard, the dumb spoke. The power which went forth from... Read More

The Lord is Coming — Take Him to Your Heart


The Lord is Coming – Take Him to your Heart “Take Him to your heart… keep Him in you as in a sanctuary… live with Him in intimacy.”  This was advice offered to a new religious sister just beginning her life as a nun.  The beauty of this message only fully discloses itself when we consider the author. Dictated while racked in pain, coming in and out of delirium, enduring all kinds of physical, psychological... Read More

What Exactly does Jesus Mean by “The Heart”? (Part II of II)


Dear Father John, when I hear the readings at Mass, I hear Jesus talk about the heart all the time. But, what exactly does He mean? Editor’s Note: In the first part of this series, we explored what Jesus means by “the heart” and we talked about where our treasure is. Today, we will discuss the importance of continuing to seek the Lord, and how to know if we are learning to love God with all our heart. Keep On... Read More

Seeking God in Love

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Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace: the one depends on the other,... Read More

What Exactly does Jesus Mean by “The Heart”? (Part I of II)


Dear Father John, when I hear the readings at Mass, I hear Jesus talk about the heart all the time. But, what exactly does He mean? THE FIRST ARENA of love that Jesus points out is the “heart.” In all three New Testament versions of this greatest commandment [cf Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27], heart is always first on the list. Sacred Scripture uses this term more than a thousand times, but never to refer simply to... Read More

Loving with Everything We’ve Got

October 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Knowing God, Relationship with Christ


Dear Father John, you’ve written about seeking first the kingdom of God. What does that really mean? It Means Loving with Everything We’ve Got! Seeking something involves knowing about it, wanting it, and going out to take possession of it. These three activities correspond to the three basic powers of the human soul: the mind, which knows and understands; the emotions, which feel attraction and repulsion; and... Read More

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