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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

A Cure for Discouragement: Easter Retreat Guide

April 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides


A CURE FOR DISCOURAGEMENT: A RETREAT GUIDE FOR EASTER The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, A Cure for Discouragement, is now available at The appearances of Jesus after his Resurrection, as recorded in the New Testament, are, to be honest, kind of confusing. The people he appears to don’t recognize him right away, even though they knew him before. Critics of Christianity... Read More

Help me to stay with you…

May 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Prayer, Theophilus

Help me to Stay with You … Stay with You … “Stay with me Lord.” Should that be my fervent cry? It's not, but I am not ashamed. I don't yearn for your presence, because I am already painfully aware that you are here. My cry is, “I beg you Lord, help me to stay with you!” You are present and I am distracted. You are everything to me, yet I treat you as if you are... Read More