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Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guide

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Pope Benedict XVI called devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “irreplaceably important.” Pope Pius XI called it “the very epitome of our religion.”

Why is this devotion so central? And if it is, how are we supposed to tap into it and live it to the full?

That’s what this month’s Retreat Guide, Fire and Thorns:  A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will explore.

HerzJesuVelburg2 Sacred Heart Wikimedia commons- In the First Meditation, we will ponder the amazing invitation at the core of this devotion.

- In the Second Meditation, we will dig into the deeper meanings behind the symbols that Jesus himself chose to associate with this devotion.

- And in the conference, we will review the tried and true practices that can connect us more intimately to Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart.

 

As always, this Retreat Guide can be watched, listened to, or read – whichever format helps you make your retreat more prayerful.

Click here to check out Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". He has also published three other titles: Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions, "Meditations for Mothers" and "A Guide to Christian Meditation". Fr. John currently splits his time between Rome and Rhode Island, where he teaches theology as an adjunct professor at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and at Mater Ecclesia College. He is also continuing his writing apostolate with online retreats at www.RCSpirituality.org and questions and answers on the spiritual life at www.RCSpiritualDirection.com. FATHER JOHN'S BOOKS include: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer", Inside the Passion--The Only Authorized Insiders View of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, Meditations for Mothers, and A Guide to Christian Meditation.

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  • Vicki

    Fr. Bartunek, This is absolutely beautiful and so informative!!! I’ve sent this link to everyone I know, and pray that they all make use of such an amazing resource for prayer and reflection! Our parish priest once said that the reason that Holy Mother Church has traditionally had beautiful churches filled with inspirational art, music, prayers and majesty, is that we are so easily distracted while in mass that at every turn our attention needs to be redirected back to God. Your video retreat holds true to exactly that concept – the beauty of the images as well as the the music and calm of your voice, constantly draw the viewer into the mystery of God.

  • Alexandra Arias

    Thank you Fr. Bartunek, for this beautiful and very informative retreat, I will come back to often for reflection. It added fuel to the fire of my love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Are we not blessed that Jesus wants us to not only know, but to give us His heart, to each one of us personally!!! God bless you, and thank you for adding that fuel to my fire!