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

September 19, 2018 by  
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“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  
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“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

259. Free to Stay or Go (John 6:60-71)

August 22, 2018 by  
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“Do not, my child, approach Jesus Christ with the hope of bending his will to yours: what I desire is that you yield yourself to him and that he receive you, so that he, your Savior, may do with you and in you whatever he pleases.” – St. Cajetan John 6:60-71: After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining... Read More

258. Eating Right (John 6:52-59)

August 15, 2018 by  
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“This sacrament is operative to produce both love and union with Christ. The greatest showing of love is to give oneself as food.” – St. Albert the Great John 6:52-59: Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone... Read More

257. Believing or Complaining (John 6:36-51)

August 8, 2018 by  
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“He gave himself to be our food; unhappy is the one who is unaware of so great a gift.” – St. Cajetan John 6:36-51: ‘But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me. Now the will of him who sent me is that... Read More

256. Working for Bread that Lasts (John 6:16-35)

August 1, 2018 by  
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“… In the same way we call Christ our bread, because he is the food of those who are members of his body.” – St. Cyprian John 6:16-35: That evening the disciples went down to the shore of the lake and got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark by now and Jesus had still not rejoined them. The wind was strong, and the sea was getting rough. They had rowed three or four miles... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

Editor's Note: In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness or aridity in prayer. Today, we will look at our part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time. But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don't seem to get as much out of it as I used to. Is this the “dark night of the soul”? If not, what's going on, and... Read More

“The Better Part” Now in Spanish!

September 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, La Mejor Parte, Liz Estler, The Better Part

 “The Better Part” now in Spanish! “La Mejor Parte” libro del Padre Bartunek, se puede conseguir ahora ¡en español! Ud. puede leer la descripción como se detalla a continuación. Father Bartunek’s book is a Christ-centered resource for daily meditation. Contained therein is a Bible study on the Gospel of St. John, a survey of saints’ writings, a prayer guide and a fresh introduction to Jesus all in one book.... Read More

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