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“Offering it Up” – Redemptive Suffering (II/II) Path to Greater Merit

May 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Suffering

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In part I, we talked about the mystery of merit and its problem and solution.  Today, we will discuss how the growth in spiritual maturity depends on the interior discipline in living out each for four factors. A reader asks:  Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.” ... Read More

“Offering it Up” – Redemptive Suffering Part I Mystery of Merit

May 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering

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Redemptive Suffering (Part I of II) :  The Mystery of Merit Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.”  Is there any more to this (uniting our sufferings to Jesus’) than just saying the words? Before getting to the heart of this question, we have to peek at the... Read More

What does it mean to “offer it up”?

February 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering, Videos

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“Offer it Up”:  What Does it Mean? In this video, Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about what it means to join in the redemption of Christ through suffering. If you are alive, you are suffering in some way. With this video you will gain perspective on that suffering and how you can use it to grow in your relationship with Christ and to aid others in their redemption. About Dan BurkeDan... Read More

CSD Book Club – Announcing our Next Book

December 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Imitation of Christ If you read Journal of a Soul with us, you are well aware of the impact The Imitation of Christ had on Blessed Pope John XXIII. In 1898, as part of his Daily Rule, he wrote: Read carefully and thoughtfully a whole chapter, or at least a part of one, of the very devout Latin book of Thomas à Kempis. This was to be done in addition to his other daily spiritual reading. Pope John... Read More

A Reflection on All Souls and Our Souls

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All Souls’ Day makes us mindful not only of the death of our dear ones but also of our own. Death is a punishment, bringing with it, of necessity, a feeling of pain, of fear, of uncertainty. The saints experienced it, and Jesus Himself willed to undergo it. Thus the Church puts before us passages from scripture most suited to encourage us: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…... 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

CSD Book Club – Spiritual Combat – A Crisis of Faith

July 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Consider Jesus on the Cross as you would a devout book worthy of your unceasing study and by which you may learn the practice of the most heroic virtues. This is the book which may be truly called the “Book of Life” (Apocalypse 3:5), which at once enlightens the mind by its doctrines and inflames the will by its examples. The world is full of books, but were it possible for man to read them all,... Read More

How can our actions and sufferings make God loved even across the seas?

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Dear Father John, in St. Thérèse’s poem to Venerable Theophane Venard (stanza 6) she expresses her desire to save souls as a missionary . . .  I love it, that unbelieving shore That was the object of your ardent love; With happiness I would fly toward it,  If my Jesus were to require it one day… But in His sight distances are wiped away; It is but a single point, this entire vast universe! My... Read More

CSD Book Club – Spiritual Combat – The Joy of Suffering

July 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The sufferings brought by the heat, or cold, or any other inconvenience, the heavy weight of grief or sorrow, may be considered as the eternal decrees of Providence which sends suffering for your own good and proportions it to your strength. In this way, God’s fatherly love and tenderness for you will become evident. It is apparent in the opportunities that He gives you to serve Him in the way that... Read More

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