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What Does it Mean to be a Victim with Christ? (Live the Eucharist Series Part III)

August 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary Kaufmann, Sacrifice

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Victim with Christ In the last two posts [part one here, part two here] we have been exploring the capacity that we have to intimately live the Eucharist, to worship well and to live the mystery fruitfully. We explored how we develop a receptivity to Jesus in the Eucharist by letting Him take possession of everything and in particularly our five senses. Today we explore what this surrender brings about... 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

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

More indulgence clarification…

October 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Indulgences, Penance/Confession, Sin

Dear Father John, As I read your excellent posts on indulgences. A question occurred to me. If a person were to perform these suggested spiritual exercises without asking for the indulgence, would he still obtain the indulgence? Also since no longer are there no longer specified “time outs” applied to the purgatory… how do we arrive at how many indulgences are enough to avoid as much... Read More

Please explain plenary indulgences and purgatory! – Part III of III

Editor’s Note:  This is a continuation of our series on plenary indulgences.  You can find the previous installment in our series here. Based on your feedback and further consideration on the initial question, I thought I should share a few more thoughts on this topic. The Days of Our Indulgences I want to start with two clarifications. First of all, one reader referred to the older practice... Read More