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Anatomy of Temptation: Retreat Guide on David and Goliath

January 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides


Dear Friend in Christ,

In our endeavor to start the new year with clarity and determination we realize the Christian life is a “dour struggle,” according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “… Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right…” (CCC #409). Who are we struggling against? What are the frequent tactics of our spiritual enemies? This and more is explored in our new Retreat Guide, The Anatomy of Temptation: A Retreat Guide on David and Goliath.

That ancient story from the Old Testament is amazingly relevant to our lives in the twenty-first century. In this Retreat Guide you will find out why.

We have evil enemies, especially the devil and the other fallen angels, and we are vulnerable to their spiritual attacks. This shouldn’t make us panic – after all, Our Lord is infinitely more powerful than the devil – but it should keep us on our toes.

As always, this Retreat Guide can be watched, listened to, or read, at your convenience.

Wishing you a blessed start to the New Year.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD

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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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