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Whom Seek You?

Whom Seek You? Presence of God – O Lord, may I always seek You alone, and seeking You, may I have the grace to find You. MEDITATION In the Masses of Easter week, the Gospels recount the various apparitions of the risen Jesus; the first, and one of the most moving, is that to Mary Magdalen (John 20:11-18). In this episode Mary appears with her characteristic trait, that of a soul completely possessed by the love of God. When... Read More

Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Loving God, Renunciation, Self-Denial

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul* Editor's Note: St Paul's conversion is the only conversion the Church celebrates as a feast.  Today, we meditate on the impact of that event on Saul of Tarsus and, by extension, on us as well … as presented by St John Chrysostom. For love of Christ, Paul bore every burden Paul, more than anyone else, has shown us what man really is, and in what our nobility consists, and of what... Read More

How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?

How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?   Fr John, if one is a married man with family to support, how can he truly love the Lord with ALL of his strength, when what bugs him most is raising his family? Is taking full care of the home reason enough to decline service in the parish or some religious organization where there certainly would be an equal demand for his time? This is a great question. The... Read More

Can I Really Love God with All My Strength?

September 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

Can I Really Love God with All My Strength? Dear Father John,  Jesus said we were supposed to love God with all our strength.  It's hard to do anything with all my strength, especially as I get older.  Is it really possible to love God with all my strength? MANY POSTMODERN ideologies and theories of human behavior tend to either over- or underemphasize the power of human freedom. These have  seeped into popular culture at every... Read More

What Does it Mean to Love God with All My Strength?

September 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

What Does it Mean to Love God with All Our Strength? Dear Father John, In the Gospel (Luke 10:27), it talks about loving God with all our strength?  I know I can't give God a bear hug in this life.  So, what does loving God with all our strength mean, then? BY LOVING GOD with all our mind, we open ourselves to receive light and guidance about the right path to take through life. Our intellect is bathed in and nourished by the... Read More

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part II of II)

August 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

Editor's Note: In Part I, we examined the bearing our attitude might bring to bear on what keeps us from loving others the way Christ does.  Today, we will look at what we can do about it.  Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, thank you for this most relevant reflection. In the last paragraph, the question, “What is keeping me from loving others with [Christ's] kind of energy, constancy, and creativity?”,... Read More

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part I of II)

August 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part I of II) Dear Fr. Bartunek, thank you for this most relevant reflection. In the last paragraph, the question, “What is keeping me from loving others with [Christ's] kind of energy, constancy, and creativity?”, has been playing in my mind repeatedly for months. I have been blessed beyond belief over the past year and a half; yet, I cannot bring myself to love everyone... Read More

How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? (Part II of II)

June 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

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How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? Part II of II Editor's Note: In part I, we looked at what Christianizing the mind entails. Then, Father John went on to explain the first two of the three interrelated functions of the human mind: information gathering and thinking deeply. Today we will examine the third function: remembering, and the power of memory, which is connected to remembering. Here, then, is the question we are looking... Read More

How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? (Part I of II)

June 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Spiritual Direction

How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? Part I of II Dear Father John, in both the Old and the New Testament it talks about loving God with our whole mind. I'm sure I don't even know my whole mind completely. So, how do I love God with my whole mind? CHRISTIANIZING THE MIND, learning to love God with our whole mind, involves more than simply filling our heads with information. The mind is more than a hard drive. The human mind,... Read More

How Can We Know the Way to God? (Part II of II)

May 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God

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Editor's Note: In Part I, we looked at the effects of a darkened mind and the coming of the Light. Today, we will reflect on the deepest questions and talk about the fullest answer to them. Here is the particular issue we are examining: Dear Father John, I know the apostles ask Jesus this same question: How can we know the way? But, seriously, what if we want to go to God but we don't know how. How can we know the way? The Deepest... Read More

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