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113. Hungry Hearts (Mark 6:30-44)

July 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“For we do not receive this food as ordinary bread and as ordinary drink; but just as Jesus Christ our Savior became flesh through the word of God, and assumed flesh and blood for our salvation, so too we are taught that the food over which the prayer of thanksgiving, the word received from Christ, has been said, the food which nourishes our flesh and blood by assimilation, is the flesh and blood... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Presence of God – O Mary, Beauty of Carmel, make me worthy of your protection, clothe me with your scapular, and be the teacher of my interior life. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life. She, the Immaculate, full of grace from... Read More

111. A Mission from God (Mark 6:7-13)

“Bury yourselves therefore in the heart of Jesus crucified, desiring nothing else but to lead all men to follow his will in all things.” – St. Paul of the Cross Mark 6:7-13: Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no... Read More

Divine Omnipotence

Divine Omnipotence   Presence of God – O God, use Your almighty power to convert me entirely to Your love. MEDITATION “I am the Almighty God” (Genesis 17:1). With these words God revealed Himself to Abraham. God is all-powerful because He can do all that He wills; and this He can do as He wills, when He wills, without any limitations. “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, He hath done, in heaven,... Read More

110. Family Troubles (Mark 6:1-6)

“Christ humbled himself; the Christian has his example to imitate.” – St. Augustine Mark 6:1-6: Going from that district, he went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted... Read More

God’s Infinite Goodness is Diffusive

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Divine Simplicity

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist* The Church observes the birth of John as a hallowed event. We have no such commemoration for any other fathers; but it is significant that we celebrate the birthdays of John and Jesus. This day cannot be passed by. And even if my explanation does not match the dignity of the feast, you may still meditate on it with great depth and profit. John... Read More

The Trinity Within Us

The Trinity Within Us   Presence of God – O Most Holy Trinity, who art pleased to make my soul Your dwelling place, deign to share with me Your divine life. MEDITATION Jesus came not only to reveal the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, but also to establish ties of the closest friendship between our souls and the three divine Persons. He is not only the Revealer of the Trinity, but the Mediator,... Read More

The Heart of Jesus Our Refuge

The Heart of Jesus our Refuge   Presence of God – O Jesus, deign to take me into Your Sacred Heart. Grant that it may be the sanctuary where I may be recollected, sheltered, and find my rest. MEDITATION The liturgy of the Feast of the Sacred Heart presents to us the Heart of Jesus as the ark of salvation, our shelter and our refuge. “O Heart of Jesus, ark … of grace, pardon and mercy, O... Read More

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