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Lenten Melancholy Versus Easter Joy

May 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Spiritual Direction

I have a question: Why is it that during Lent I am so melancholy – and I don't seem to be getting [out] of it [like I were under attack] until Easter morning. It happens every year as long as I can remember – I am now 80. It would be boasting to say that I partake in my Lord's suffering … so what is it? You are not alone. This is not so uncommon a phenomenon as you may think. Not knowing you personally, I can’t... Read More

The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me the value of suffering, so that I may esteem it and love it as a means of sanctification. MEDITATION We must be thoroughly convinced that if the Holy Spirit works in our souls to assimilate us to Christ, He can do so only by opening to us the way of the Cross. Jesus is Jesus Crucified; therefore, there can be no conformity to Him except by the Cross, and we... Read More

Teacher and Lord – Lenten Retreat Guide on the Last Supper

March 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Prayer, Retreat Guides

Teacher and Lord: A Lenten Retreat Guide on the Last Supper Father John Bartunek introduces us to his latest Lenten Retreat Guide on the Last Supper: Teacher and Lord Dear Friends in Christ, During the first centuries of Christianity, the forty days leading up to Holy Week took on a special significance. Those forty days are called Lent, a name taken from the Old English word meaning “spring.” The liturgical season of Lent... Read More

What Christ Saw from the Garden

March 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Lent, Passiontide

what Christ saw from the Garden

What Christ Saw from the Garden In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew perfectly just what it was for which He was to pay the penalty of death. He was to pay the penalty for sin — for all the sins of mankind, from the first to the last. Isaiah the prophet had cried out: “Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am a man of unclean lips, and . . . I have seen with my eyes the King, the Lord of Hosts” (6:5). Infinitely... Read More

Confessing Our Sins Opens the Way to Holiness

Sins

Confessing Our Sins Opens the Way to Holiness Lent is the time of year when God obligates us to prepare our hearts and to purify our souls so that we are ready to receive Our Lord in His glorious coming at Easter. There’s no time to delay. The Bible says, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). During this season, every day we should try to make a good examination of conscience... Read More

The Origin of the Wood of the Cross

February 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Lent, The Cross

Wood

When the world rang with the news that the Holy Cross had been discovered, and everyone was asking for details, according to the working of each individual mind, there arose these questions among others: Of what wood was it made? Where did it grow? In which locality budded forth that plant that, when matured, was to become the instrument of torture and the crude deathbed of the Son of God, the Son of Man, and the means of the... Read More

Return to Me

Return to Me* Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Joel 2:12-14 (an excerpt... Read More

Return to Me and Live

Consider the old saying: “If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted?” And you, sinning soul, “you have played the harlot with many lovers” (Jer. 3:1). It is not I who have left you, says the Lord. No, I am a faithful spouse, one who never sues for divorce. But you, faithless soul, you have abandoned me and given yourself... Read More

Properly Preparing for Lent

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about properly preparing for Lent. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When should we begin planning our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving? What are some examples of how we can strengthen our relationship with God through these practices? What are some resources to help us pinpoint our “root” sin? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com –... Read More

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion Presence of God: O Jesus, I want to follow You in Your triumph, so that I may follow You later to Calvary. MEDITATION Holy Week begins with the description of the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His Passion. Jesus, who had always been opposed to any public manifestation and who had fled when the people wanted to make Him their king (cf. John 6:15), allows Himself... Read More

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