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Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 5, 2013 by  
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Fire and Thorns
A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Pope Benedict XVI called devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “irreplaceably important.” Pope Pius XI called it “the very epitome of our religion.”

Why is this devotion so central? And if it is, how are we supposed to tap into it and live it to the full?

That’s what this month’s Retreat Guide, Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will explore.

HerzJesuVelburg2 Sacred Heart Wikimedia commons– In the First Meditation, we will ponder the amazing invitation at the core of this devotion.

– In the Second Meditation, we will dig into the deeper meanings behind the symbols that Jesus himself chose to associate with this devotion.

– And in the conference, we will review the tried and true practices that can connect us more intimately to Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart.


As always, this Retreat Guide can be watched, listened to, or read – whichever format helps you make your retreat more prayerful.

Click here to check out Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Art for this announcement of the Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Pilgrim Logo for the Fire and Thorns Retreat Guide provided by rcspirituality.org and used with permission. Detail of Herz-Jesu-Altar [Heart of Jesus] in Velburg, Bavaria, artist not listed, 1770, photographed by Bremond 2006-08-21 own work, CCA 3.0 Unported, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

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