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257. Believing or Complaining (John 6:36-51)

August 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“He gave himself to be our food; unhappy is the one who is unaware of so great a gift.” – St. Cajetan John 6:36-51: ‘But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me. Now the... Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Mark 9:7 Not only is Jesus transfigured before the eyes of Peter, James, and John, but they also hear the voice of the Father and “see” the Holy Spirit as the presence in the cloud. In this theophany, the entire Trinity is... Read More

Saint John the Evangelist

December 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Christmas, Feast Days, Liturgy, Liz Estler

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Saint John the Evangelist Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist. It is St. John who is thought to be the “Beloved Disciple”, the Apostle who is referred to as the one “whom Jesus loved” six times in the Gospel of St. John (John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:7, 21:20, 21:24). He is the only one of the Twelve who was understood not to have been martyred... Read More

Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler

Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist     Today is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.  He is responsible for writing the Gospel of Luke and also the Acts of the Apostles, sometimes collectively referred to as Luke-Acts! He was a physician, and painter (believed to have painted a portrait of Mary, the Mother of God, and Saints Peter and Paul), who, though not personally an eye-witness... Read More

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil (Part II of II)

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part II of II Editor's Note:  In part I, we looked at the first strategy of the devil in the spiritual struggle: corrupting the heart.  Today, we will examine the second and third strategies: turning aside the will and getting us to give up.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one... Read More

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Born at Capernaum, St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, was working as a tax collector when he was called by Jesus. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew and is said to have preached in the East [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast of Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21), Liturgy of the Hours]. He was the son of Alpheus and is known as Levi in the... Read More

“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart”

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“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart” The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final grace that God gives those who are pure of heart: “Blessed are the pure of... Read More

Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

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Feast of St Mark the Evangelist St Mark the Evangelist, copyright 2013 by Corbert Gauthier St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark's gospel. Mark is said to be the founder of the church of Alexandria [cf the Office of Readings, for the Feast... Read More