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Confession

Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only... 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

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Challenges, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Pope, Prayer

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer, and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to... Read More

How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How to Combat Doubt – Four Ways to Strengthen Your Faith The Lord (Week 12 of 23) What immeasurable assurance it would be to catch his eye and feel his power surge through us, to know with every cell of our being who he is? Why isn’t this granted us? We must know. — The Lord (Part 4, Chapter VI, Paragraph 12) Isn’t this the dream of each and every one of us? To KNOW? That is, to know... Read More

How to Help a Seminarian

How to Help a Seminarian What do you give to someone who has everything? Ordinarily, that question is about someone who seems to have every material item a person could want. But what about men who've found everything in Christ and given up so much to enter the seminary? How do we support these men once they answer that call? Religious Order Priests According to Father Donald Calloway, the vocation... Read More

Communion on the Tongue – One Priest’s Thoughts and Experiences – Part I

One Priest’s Thoughts and Experiences Concerning Communion on the Tongue Part I When I was a child and preparing to receive my First Holy Communion, I remember being taught to do so the traditional way: on the tongue. In fact, if memory serves, we received Holy Communion via intinction that first time i.e. the priest carefully dipped the host in the Precious Blood before placing it on our tongues.... Read More

Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists

Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists   Face-to-face encounters with the devil are all in a day’s work for an exorcist; followed by dinner, prayers, and a good night’s sleep. They walk amid evil on angels' wings with unwavering confidence in the power of God. A few years ago, I was invited to the movie junket for The Rite, a story about the training of an exorcist.  I considered backing... Read More

Baptism

Baptism   Presence of God – O God, who without any merit on my part, have made me Your child, grant that my life may be worthy of this divine Sonship. MEDITATION The Church, like a mother anxious for the salvation of her children, and eager to rescue them from the slavery of Satan, to make them living temples of God, does not wait until a child is able to appreciate the value of Baptism, but... Read More

Apostolic Action

Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with... Read More

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