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127. The Hard Road to Jerusalem (Mark 10:32-45)

October 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Poverty is true riches. So precious is poverty that God’s only-begotten Son came on earth in search of it. In heaven he had superabundance of all goods. Nothing was lacking there but poverty.” – St. Anthony of Padua Mark 10:32-45: They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem; Jesus was walking on ahead of them; they were in a daze, and those who followed were apprehensive. Once more taking the Twelve aside he began... Read More

126. Money, Money, Money (Mark 10:17-31)

October 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“If you wish to talk to Christ and to accept all the truth of his testimony, you must on the one hand ‘love the world’ – for God ‘so loved the world that he gave his only Son’ (Jn 3:16) – and at the same time you must acquire interior detachment with regard to all this rich and fascinating reality that makes up ‘the world.’”  – Saint John Paul II Mark 10:17-31: He was setting out on a journey... Read More

125. Married Love: Meant to Last (Mark 10:1-16)

October 3, 2018 by  
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“Indeed the garden of the Lord contains not only the roses of martyrdom but also the lilies of virginity, the ivy of marriage, and the violets of widowhood. So no one, my dear brethren, need despair of his vocation. Christ suffered for all.”  – St. Augustine Mark 10:1-16: Leaving there, he came to the district of Judaea and the far side of the Jordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as... Read More

What is a General Confession?

September 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession

General Confession and Scrupulosity   Dear Father John: What is a general confession?  And, under what circumstances should one make a general confession?  Should a scrupulous person make a general confession? Thank you for your question.  I hope I can shed a little bit of light on the nature of general confession. What “General Confession” Refers to Usually, the term “general confession” refers to going to confession... Read More

124. Sin Matters (Mark 9:38-50)

September 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Sin, The Better Part

“There is a crown for those who in times of persecution fight the good fight; there is a crown too for those who in times of peace keep true to their conscience.” – St. Cyprian Mark 9:38-50: John said to him, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name... Read More

Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Vocations

Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew Editor's Note: Tomorrow is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. We can prepare for that by watching Fr. John Bartunek's retreat guide on vocation and the calling of St. Matthew, introduced to us in this post today. This guide is available as a video, audio, or as a PDF companion guide. Many people nowadays talk about a shortage of priests... Read More

123. Leaders Like Christ (Mark 9:30-37)

September 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“I desire to love you, O my God, with a love that is patient, with a love that abandons itself wholly to you, with a love that acts, and most important of all, with a love that perseveres.” – St. Theresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart Mark 9:30-37: After leaving that place they made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of... Read More

120. God’s Way (Mark 8:27-38)

September 12, 2018 by  
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“Devotedly obey our mother, the Roman Church, and revere the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father.” – St. Louis Mark 8:27-38: Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who... Read More

117. The Touch of the Lord (Mark 7:31-37)

September 5, 2018 by  
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“Oh, I praise that mercy of yours which is beyond praising and I adore in thanksgiving your most loving kindness from the depths of my nothingness.” – St. Gertrude Mark 7:31-37: Returning from the district of Tyre, he went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took... Read More

115. Hard-Hearted Hypocrisy (Mark 7:1-23)

August 29, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Be courageous; be not puffed up by prosperity nor cast down by adversity. Keep humble in this life so that God may exalt you in the next.”  – St. Stephen of Hungary Mark 7:1-23: The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round him, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees, and the Jews in general, follow... Read More

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