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Is the Occasion of Sin a Sin?

June 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Direction

I was watching a video on YouTube not too long ago. On it, I was disturbed to hear a priest say, or intimate, that the occasion of sin was itself a sin. That’s never occurred to me. It sounds so strange and it seems like, in a scrupulous person, it could fuel scrupulosity. What’s the bottom line? Is the occasion of sin itself actually a sin? Could it be a sin sometimes? And, sometimes not? Does... Read More

Cult Cultivates Culture: Culling Life’s Mysteries from the Liturgy

Cult Cultivates Culture: Culling Life's Mysteries from the Liturgy   Liturgy's Main Goals “The glory of God,” says St. Irenaeus, “is man fully alive.” In this quote, the second-century saint sums up the two main goals of liturgy: God’s glory and man’s life. At the outset of its treatment on “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery,” the Catechism says that the Father “accomplishes... Read More

Mary, Mother of the Church

March 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Mary, Mother of the Church   Pope Francis very recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed Mother under the title: Mary, Mother of the Church (Mater Ecclesiae). Fittingly, this memorial will take place on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. The decree was signed on February 11th (the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes) and released this past Saturday,... Read More

Transformation in Christ

Transformation in Christ   “The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it…Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love.” ­–  Catechism of the Catholic... Read More

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress   I've been struggling greatly with distraction in prayer – more so now than I have in years. Does this temptation often come as we progress in the spiritual life (especially with the night of sense)? Distractions can come from different causes.  As we begin to engage in mental prayer (and “beginnings” can last for years), distractions can... Read More

The Effects of Holy Water

The question naturally presents itself: whence come the effects of holy water? For the effects of holy water we are indebted principally to our divine Savior. He merited for us the graces we obtain through its usage by His bitter Passion and death. Holy Church, however, who is the custodian of these precious and infinite treasures of grace merited by our Lord, has, in view of these merits, attached... Read More

The Mystery of Eternal Love: A Retreat Guide on the Blessed Trinity

June 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Trinity

 The Mystery of Eternal Love: A Retreat Guide on the Blessed Trinity According to Pope Benedict XVI, as human beings, we have imprinted upon our spiritual DNA a profound mark of the Trinity, of God as Love, for we are created in the image and likeness of God, and, as the First Letter of John puts it, “God is love.” But who is this God in whose image we’re created? What difference does it make... Read More

Can You Pray for Me? 12 Points to Consider

Can you pray for me? 12 Points to Consider   Can you pray for me? These five words, when strung together, form one of the more important questions in the spiritual life. In and through intercessory prayer, God is asking us to enter more deeply into His outgoing love and mercy. God wants us to think like He thinks, act like He acts, live like He lives, and praying for others is a beautiful way... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who... Read More

Demon Attacks

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Demon Attacks Spiritual Warfare and Demonology I was wondering if a demon that is attacking a family you have never met can attack said person mentally and physically? I have been having dreams of this horrible monster coming after me and my family for years. And yesterday I was watching this story about some family being hurt by this demon. From what they describe of it, it sounds like it could be... Read More

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