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259. Free to Stay or Go (John 6:60-71)

August 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Do not, my child, approach Jesus Christ with the hope of bending his will to yours: what I desire is that you yield yourself to him and that he receive you, so that he, your Savior, may do with you and in you whatever he pleases.” – St. Cajetan John 6:60-71: After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that... Read More

A New Beginning to Pray

A New Beginning to Pray Beginning to pray is the project of a lifetime. The entry of the Word of the Father into human history makes this project possible. This entry is not convenient or easy for God or man.   Love never is. It demands taking up our freedom in the most difficult and most worthwhile of all human endeavors – the effort to attend to and respond to love. Beginning to pray is... 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

Reincarnation and Human Dignity (Part II of III)

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, New Age, Reincarnation

…a reader asks: Dear Father John, I know that the Church rejects the doctrine of reincarnation, but sometimes I think that reincarnation seems to be a much more merciful approach than just having one chance to live well and go to heaven or to live badly and go to hell. I mean, so many human beings have had to live in such miserable conditions throughout the thousands and thousands of years of... Read More