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Mary’s Apostolate

Mary's Apostolate   Presence of God – O Mary, Queen of Apostles, obtain for me the heart of an apostle. MEDITATION Mary is, at the same time, the model of both contemplative and apostolic souls. Furthermore, by combining in herself the highest contemplative life with the highest apostolic life, she teaches us that contemplation and the apostolate, far from being opposed to each other, complement,... Read More

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to put into the service of the apostolate all the talents I have received from You. MEDITATION Together with the natural virtues placed at the service of apostolic charity, it is also necessary to consider the other human qualities which give the apostle an ascendency in his field of activity, not for his... Read More

The Formation of Apostles

The Formation of Apostles   Presence of God – Jesus, divine Teacher, deign to accept me in Your school, so that, under Your direction, I may prepare myself for the apostolate. MEDITATION No special preparation is necessary before giving oneself to the interior apostolate, for, if a soul dedicates itself to prayer and sacrifice, not only will it help others, but at the same time it will draw... Read More

The Apostolic Ideal

The Apostolic Ideal Presence of God – Enkindle in me, O Lord, the fire of the apostolate and feed it with Your love. MEDITATION Just as a seed cannot produce a stalk which will bear a new ear unless it first buries its roots deep in the ground, so we cannot bear fruit for the apostolate if we do not first put forth the roots of a deep interior life, enabling us to draw from God Himself the sap which... Read More

Apostolic Action

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with... Read More

Progress in the Apostolate

Progress in the Apostolate Presence of God – Unite me to You, O Lord, and may the power of Your charity enkindle in my heart true apostolic fire. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that love is like fire. It produces a flame, and the flame of love is zeal. If the fire burns intensely, then the flame will also be intense and devouring. True apostolic zeal is the spontaneous result, the normal fruit of... Read More

The Duty of the Apostolate

The Duty of the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Jesus, You who have accepted me as a member of Your Mystical Body, grant that I may not be in it as a stranger, but that I may work for the good of all my brethren. MEDITATION Regardless of the degree of charity to which a soul may have attained and of its particular vocation, there is for every Christian a duty of apostolate based on the very... Read More

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don't bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel, where... Read More

Relationships or Activities?

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Fr. Bartunek, Mission

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Relationships or Activities?   Dear Father John, Is there anything wrong with putting too much emphasis in my passion and or apostolate? THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS gave when he sent out the first Christian missionaries included a curious directive: “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave” (Matthew 10:11). Christian Mission Is about People The... Read More

Sanctification in the Apostolate

Sanctification in the Apostolate   Presence of God – Give me light, O God, that I may recognize the graces You have prepared for me to lead me to sanctity; help me to correspond with them. MEDITATION It is the saints who are the most efficient apostles. Must we then be saints before devoting ourselves to the apostolate? Theoretically, this is the ideal, but in practice, it is impossible. To... Read More

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