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121. Listening Up (Mark 9:1-13)

February 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Realize that in this life we are travelers on a journey: our true home is in heaven.” – St. Cajetan Mark 9:1-13: And he said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.’ Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves.... Read More

94. What Pleases God (Mark 1:7-13)

February 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Jesus came to John, and received baptism at his hands. Could anything be more wonderful? The boundless river that gladdens the City of God is washed by a few drops of water. The source without limits that engenders life for all mankind and is beyond all understanding is covered by the poor waters of this world.” – St. Hippolytus Mark 1:7-13: In the course of his [St. John the Baptist’s]... Read More

98. What Christ Wants (Mark 1:40-45)

February 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“How merciful the Lord Jesus is towards us, how abundantly kind and good!” – St. Cyprian Mark 1:40-45: A leper came to him and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately... Read More

The Christmas Apostle – Advent Retreat Guide on St John the Evangelist

December 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Retreat Guides

The Christmas Apostle: A Retreat Guide on St. John the Evangelist Written and presented by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD Father John Bartunek introduces us to his latest Advent Retreat Guide on Saint John the Evangelist! St. John the Evangelist, more than any other of the eleven Apostles, was wonderfully fascinated by the amazing, marvelous event of God becoming man and living among us. His writings... Read More

Some Babies Cry when a Cross Touches Their Forehead at Baptism: Why?

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

  Dear Father John, I like to ask you something. I am a protestant minister and I realized that sometimes when I have baptized a child they scream when I put a cross on their forehead and then calm down after they have been baptized. I just wonder what makes some babies cry when a cross touches their forehead?” This is an interesting question, especially since you have identified what seems... Read More

Differences in Demon possession, Mental Illness, Depression

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Dear Father John, What is the difference between demon possession and mental illness or depression as you discuss in unit 122 of The Better Part? There is no cut-and-dried answer. Here are some basic principles: Not all psychological difficulties can be classified as mental illness. Some are linked to changeable patterns of behavior or basic human maturity issues. These can be remedied by healthy... 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

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?

Am I Outside of Sanctifying Grace?   I make spiritual communion because I'm trying to be obedient to the church. My husband is a non-Catholic and refuses to get his first marriage annulled. So where does that leave me? I regularly attend mass. I've been instructed by my priest that I should not receive the Sacraments (confession and communion). Am I left outside of sanctifying grace? Thank you... Read More

A Virgin’s Courage: A Retreat Guide on St Kateri Tekakwitha

A Virgin’s Courage: A Retreat Guide on St. Kateri Tekakwitha (for today's Memorial of St. Kateri Tekakwitha) During his last homily at his last World Youth Day, St. John Paul II spoke to almost one million young people gathered in the outskirts of Toronto, Canada about courage, about not being afraid to take a stand for Jesus Christ. In doing so, he invoked the example of the first Native American... 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

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