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From Grief to Grace

From Grief to Grace Description: When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Jeannie Ewing about her book From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's will in difficult situations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration behind this... Read More

Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, Spontaneous Prayer

The Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray and Examining Spontaneous Prayer Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are... Read More

“Offering it Up” – Redemptive Suffering (II/II) Path to Greater Merit

May 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

In part I, we talked about the mystery of merit and its problem and solution. Today, we will discuss how the growth in spiritual maturity depends on the interior discipline in living out each for four factors. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.” Is... Read More

“Offering it Up” – Redemptive Suffering Part I Mystery of Merit

May 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

Redemptive Suffering (Part I of II) : The Mystery of Merit Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.” Is there any more to this (uniting our sufferings to Jesus') than just saying the words? Before getting to the heart of this question, we have to peek at the presupposition.... Read More

What does it mean to “offer it up”? Catholic Spiritual Direction Video

February 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering, Videos

“Offer it Up”: What Does it Mean? In this video, Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about what it means to join in the redemption of Christ through suffering. If you are alive, you are suffering in some way. With this video you will gain perspective on that suffering and how you can use it to grow in your relationship with Christ and to aid others in their redemption. How did Jesus save... Read More

A Reflection on All Souls and Our Souls

All Souls' Day makes us mindful not only of the death of our dear ones but also of our own. Death is a punishment, bringing with it, of necessity, a feeling of pain, of fear, of uncertainty. The saints experienced it, and Jesus Himself willed to undergo it. Thus the Church puts before us passages from scripture most suited to encourage us: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord… henceforth... Read More

A mother’s plea: Why does God delay answering my prayers? II of II

August 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

Why Does God Delay Answering My Prayers? Part II of II   Dear Father John, Two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years. Fortunately, both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose... Read More

A mother’s plea: Why does God delay answering my prayers? I of II

July 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

Why Does God Delay Answering My Prayers? Part I of II   Dear Father John, Two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years. Fortunately, both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose... Read More

How can actions & sufferings make God loved across the seas?

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Dear Father John, in St. Thérèse's poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My... Read More

How can I pray when I can’t even think straight?

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Suffering

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How do I pray when I am sick and can't think? I feel as though my words are just going out into thin air and no one in heaven hears me. What words do I use and Who will listen? This is a difficult question both to experience and to answer. I have suffered significant ongoing pain and discomfort, constant medication, multiple surgeries and related complications… When I became a Christian more... Read More

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