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Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part III of III

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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In our last post, we looked at the busy-ness and practical tips for the Advent season.  Today, we’ll examine the roots of Advent sadness, how to go on the offensive and a story to help bring home the message of the season. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part II of III

December 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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In our previous post, we looked at why God invented the liturgical seasons and adjusting attitudes as well as making practical adjustments.  Today we will look at the source of busy-ness and practical tips. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and... Read More

How Can Jesus be Born in Our Hearts This Christmas?

December 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Mary Kaufmann, Seasonal

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Being prepared for Christmas is much more than buying a tree and gifts! While Our Lord wants us to prepare, to prepare our hearts so the outward tasks of the season will be ways we love others, He wants something more. Jesus wants to be born in our hearts this Christmas, for this is our real human destiny: to be alive with Jesus from within! Servant of God Luis Martinez (1881-1956), the late Archbishop... Read More

How should I prepare for Advent?

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

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Dear Father John, Advent is coming! Even from a distance I feel my shoulders tightening up from the stress of all the noise of the season that has nothing to do with Christ. Do you have any recommendations for how I might better prepare this year? Are you aware of any good books that I can use for spiritual reading through this season to help me to keep my eyes on Christ? Thank you for asking this... Read More

A prayer of preparation for Advent…

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayer, Saints and Blesseds

O my God, Word of the Father, Word made flesh. For the love of us, You assumed a mortal body in order to suffer and be immolated for us. I wish to prepare for Your coming with the burning desires of the prophets and the just who in the Old Testament sighed after You, the one Savior and Redeemer… O Lord, send Him whom You are going to send… As you have promised, come and deliver us! I want... Read More