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Boundless Hope

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Presence of God – Sustain my hope in Thee, O Lord, so that it may be without measure. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches us that “man can never love God as much as He should be loved; neither can he believe and hope in Him as much as he ought” (Summa, Ia IIae, q.64, a.4, co.). That is why we can say that the measure of hope in God is to hope without measure. Our hope, our confidence in God can never... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 14)

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 14. Dr. Lilles on Meeting Pope John Paul II from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain... Read More

Celebrating John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 8)

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating the canonization of John Paul II today, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 8. Dr. Lilles on The Plays of Karol Wojtyla from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain... Read More

Celebrating Blessed John Paul II’s Canonization (Part 4)

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 This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating the upcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II on this coming Sunday, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 4. Dr. Lilles on the Message of Hope from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating Blessed John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t... Read More

The Ultimate Christmas Gift: The Gift of Hope!

September 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Hope, Mary Kaufmann, Virtue

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Hope is the confident expectation of divine blessing and the beatific vision of God; it is also the fear of offending God’s love and incurring punishment (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2090) Is the virtue of hope like a Christmas gift or divine blessing available to us every day? It can be.  But, do you believe this statement from the Catechism even when you are not faithful to God... Read More

Pilgrimage of Faith & Christianity’s Unvanquished Hope

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I recently accompanied a group of pilgrims from the Tatra Mountains of Poland to Warsaw for the Year of Faith.   Twenty years ago, the Pilgrim Pope came to celebrate World Youth Day in Denver and spent time in prayer in a retreat center, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  We decided that we would go to the mountains of Blessed John Paul II to pray and to thank God for the graces of those days and... Read More

A mother’s plea… Why does God delay in answering my prayers? – Part II of II

August 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

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Dear Father John, two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years, fortunately both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose someone else. The emotional roller-coaster is brutal. My prayer... Read More

A mother’s plea… Why does God delay in answering my prayers? – Part I of II

July 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

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Dear Father John, two of my college educated sons have been out of work for several years, fortunately both wives work. What happens typically is that our hopes get raised when they get called in for an interview, are asked to come back, and then another invitation follows for additional meetings. Then the news comes saying they chose someone else. The emotional roller-coaster is brutal. My prayer... Read More

Struggling with suffering… – Part II of II

January 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

Dear Father John, I really want to think of God as good but lately I have been struggling with all the suffering I see around me and in my own life. Where is God in all of this? In our first post in this two part series we reflected on suffering from a number of conceptual angles to try to orient our hearts in the right direction. Now we will discuss a few practical matters. Our faith is weak, and... Read More

Struggling with suffering… – Part I of II

January 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

Dear Father John, I really want to think of God as good but lately I have been struggling with all the suffering I see around me and in my own life. Where is God in all of this? Suffering and sorrow challenge our faith in God. They push us out of our spiritual comfort zone as we find ourselves asking: If God is all-powerful and all good, why doesn’t he just fix everything, why does he let so many... Read More

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