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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

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Presence of God– At your side, O Mary, I wish to learn how to repeat in every circumstance your “Ecce ancilla Domini!” Behold the handmaid of the Lord. MEDITATION Let us try, through the inspired narrative of St. Luke (Gosp: 1: 26-38), to enter into the dispositions of Mary’s soul at the time of the Annunciation. The Angel sent by God finds the Virgin recollected in solitude, and “being come in,” says to her: “Hail,... Read More

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

January 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Featured, Liturgy, Prayer & Art

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On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’* “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.”** “Sooner would heaven... Read More

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January 5, 2014 by  
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“Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; All from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). “Epiphany or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus who manifests Himself as God and Lord of... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity

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“At the beginning, at the center of the event of the Incarnation stands Mary, the perfect handmaid, who consents to become physically and spiritually the mother of her Son as well as of his work” (The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 2007, Ignatius Press, San Francisco).  It is no surprise, then, that our Blessed Mother, the New Eve, is so prominently featured in the Christmas... Read More

St. George and the Power of Purpose – Praying Through Art

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Prayer & Art, Praying Through Art

I was spending a college semester abroad in Florence, Italy. That day, we were visiting the Bargello, one of Florence’s great sculpture museums. We made it up to the second floor of the medieval palace and turned the corner into the Donatello room – a feast for any eyes, and especially for those of a college kid studying art history. Yet, almost immediately, my attention was uncannily riveted by a marble figure on the far side... Read More

Rediscovering a New Path to God – Praying Through Art

Rediscovering a New Path to God – Praying Through Art

Prayer is demanding – especially in such a noisy world. When we are honest with ourselves, we recognize that it isn’t always easy to hear God’s voice, to connect with God. We constantly need to seek new ways to do so. Prayer is a “battle” as the Catechism reminds us (#2726), but it’s a battle we can always win, if we just keep fighting. Jesus promised as much: “Seek,” he said, “and you shall find” (Matthew 7:7). A... Read More