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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

256. Working for Bread that Lasts (John 6:16-35)

August 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“… In the same way we call Christ our bread, because he is the food of those who are members of his body.” – St. Cyprian John 6:16-35: That evening the disciples went down to the shore of the lake and got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark by now and Jesus had still not rejoined them. The wind was strong, and the sea was getting rough. They... Read More

255. Feeding the Hungry (John 6:1-15)

“This is the food which sustains and nourishes us on our journey through life, until we depart from this world and are united with Christ.” – St. Gaudentius of Brescia John 6:1-15: Some time after this, Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside,... Read More

What to Tell a Priest in a Devotional Confession

How do you speak with a priest in Confession when you do a devotional confession and he says that you don't need to mention past sins as they are already forgiven? I assume that you mean by “devotional confession” going to confession even if you have no mortal sins on your conscience. Many spiritual writers will refer to that as “frequent confession,” since it is still a sacramental encounter,... Read More

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

Disobedience of the Fallen Angels

Thanks for good answer, but still I find room for expansion. For example, if the Devils knew very clearly that their disobedience would have made them miserable, did they possess a complete picture of their future situation when they rebelled? Or are they so masochistic that they like to be miserable? Also, why our Good Lord would give them a kind of role in the following creation of humans, as e.g.... Read More

My Appetite for Information is Endless: Is Curiosity Bad?

Dear Father John, Many spiritual writers and saints have cautioned against excessive curiosity. Why is this? Curiosity leads to knowledge and knowledge is a virtue. So how can curiosity be bad? I am very curious and love to learn about anything and everything. God's great universe is endlessly fascinating and the more I learn and experience, the more reverence I have for God the Creator. So…... Read More

Is Group Spiritual Direction a Good Thing?

June 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

What do you think about group spiritual direction which is in vogue in some circles today? Is that a good way to get spiritual direction? Thank you for your time in answering my question. The essence of spiritual direction is the relationship between the spiritual director and the directee. The interaction and dialogue that happens in that relationship is deeply personal and personalized. Discerning... Read More

Lenten Melancholy Versus Easter Joy

I have a question: Why is it that during Lent I am so melancholy – and I don't seem to be getting [out] of it [like I were under attack] until Easter morning. It happens every year as long as I can remember – I am now 80. It would be boasting to say that I partake in my Lord's suffering … so what is it? You are not alone. This is not so uncommon a phenomenon as you may think. Not... Read More

How can We Celebrate the Easter Season More Fully?

April 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon... Read More

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