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128. Blind Eyes, Seeing Heart (Mark 10:46-52)

“All my hope is naught save in your great mercy.” – St. Augustine Mark 10:46-52: They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me’. And many of them... Read More

How Do We Remain in the Word?

How do we remain in the Word? The night before He died, Christ commanded his disciples to remain in Him – and explained that  this means to keep His Word. (See John 15.) Obeying this command goes beyond any moralism or fulfillment of a minimal obligation. Minimalism does not keep the Word – for the Word, in its sheer grandeur and inexhaustible wonder, is maximal. We need to live with a... Read More

Stop Worrying & Start Living

Stop Worrying & Start Living   Description: When we are filled with anxiety and fear, how can we escape these debilitating emotions? Today, Dan and Melissa sit down with author and speaker, Gary Zimak, for a special interview on his new book Stop Worrying & Start Living to help listeners attain a sense of peace in a troubled world. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor... Read More

Your State in Life: Key to Freedom and Peace

Your State in Life: Key to Freedom and Peace   We’re living in a time when we’ve been told we can do anything we want. Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. Now that’s not a point I would argue. Most of us are capable of much greater things than we generally attempt. Few really live up to their potential. But of those who strive and stretch to do whatever they can do, even... Read More

The Lamb that was Slain

March 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Triduum

The Lamb that was Slain* The lamb that was slain has delivered us from death and given us life There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a... Read More

Change Your Phrasing

Change Your Phrasing   Sometimes a change in the way your thoughts are worded can help give you new perspective. Two examples are “I cannot,” and “I must.” I suggest you change them to “I can,” and “I am free to.” Can You? What is it that you cannot do? Speak French? Find time to draw? Sing? Understand chemistry? Get out of a wheelchair? List all the things you wish you could do,... Read More

How Can We Know the Way to God? (Part II of II)

May 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

Freedom in Christ

Editor's Note: In Part I, we looked at the effects of a darkened mind and the coming of the Light. Today, we will reflect on the deepest questions and talk about the fullest answer to them. Here is the particular issue we are examining: Dear Father John, I know the apostles ask Jesus this same question: How can we know the way? But, seriously, what if we want to go to God but we don't know how. How... Read More

Get a Vowel

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Get a Vowel You are climbing a mountain, working hard, pushing yourself to fight the fight and finish the race. There are times to relax and let go of a struggle for a while, but there are times to persevere. Right now, you know you have got to keep going in the face of opposition, keep trying in the face of failure, keep hoping in the face of despair. But you can’t. You’re up against something... Read More

The Greatest Act of Human Freedom in History

The Greatest Act of Human Freedom in History (Solemnity of the Annunciation) My favorite solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Annunciation. I have to admit, Fulton Sheen is the one who opened my eyes to this great mystery like no other. When one looks at the mystery of Mary from the perspective of any of her great dogmas – the Immaculate Conception, her Perpetual Virginity, her predestined... Read More

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