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The Sign of the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What three events happen during the liturgy? How do we understand the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? What does it mean to make the sign of the cross? How can the faithful... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but... 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

Salvation, the Scapular, and Spiritual Darkness

Salvation, the Scapular, and Spiritual Darkness   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the scapular, the difference between Protestant and Catholic views of salvation, and spiritual darkness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can one go about supporting Divine Intimacy Radio and the Avila Institute? Why do some people wear the scapular visibly? Shouldn't the scapular... Read More

The Effects of Holy Water

The question naturally presents itself: whence come the effects of holy water? For the effects of holy water we are indebted principally to our divine Savior. He merited for us the graces we obtain through its usage by His bitter Passion and death. Holy Church, however, who is the custodian of these precious and infinite treasures of grace merited by our Lord, has, in view of these merits, attached... Read More

Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

 Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the door to evil. Fr. Patrick (not his real name) a parish priest who has been a diocesan exorcist for 6 years,... Read More

Relics (Part III of III)

July 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

RELICS (Part III of III) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics. In Part II, we showed how relics reiterate the Incarnation.   Today, we will examine how relics reiterate the Resurrection.  Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John, The... Read More

Relics (Part II of III)

July 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

RELICS (Part II of III) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics.  Today we will show how relics reiterate the Incarnation.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John, The discussion about cremation and preserving the head of St. Catherine... Read More

Relics (Part I of III)

July 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

RELICS (Part I of III)   Dear Father John, The discussion about cremation and preserving the head of St. Catherine had me thinking. Why stop at the head? What about all the incorruptible bodies in the Church – St. Pio and St. Bernadette of Lourdes to name two – should they be on public display?? Is that a reverent ‘disposal' of the body? Kindly clarify. With thanks. It’s possible... Read More

Using the Catholic Faith as Part of Recovery

Spiritual Directors

Using the Catholic Faith As Part of Recovery Being Catholic is a walk with resolutions. Every confession and examination of conscious ends with the resolve to do better. Although real changes don't come easy, we rely on God’s mercy and begin again after each fall. But add in an addiction and failing becomes habitual and can cause a person feel like he is beyond God’s mercy. Research reveals that... Read More

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