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Seeking God in Love

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Seeking God in Love Presence of God – Help me, O God, to concentrate all my affections on You, so that my heart will be satisfied with You alone. MEDITATION Faith “is like the feet wherewith the soul journeys to God, and love is the guide that directs it” (John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 1,11). Charity follows faith; in this life, faith and charity, as it were, go at an equal pace: the one depends on the other, one... Read More

239. An Unwelcome Sunrise (John 1:1-18)

December 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.” –St. Augustine John 1:1-18: In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark,... Read More

Become a Gift!

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Become a Gift this Advent Season! We have another great video from Father Michael Najim about becoming a gift this Advent season. About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and serves as chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters... Read More

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 8th Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Mary Immaculate, my loving Mother, and listen to her invitation: “Come over to me all you who desire me, and I will declare to you what great things God has done for my soul” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the spirit of Advent; while the soul... Read More

The Prophets

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THE PROPHETS “ Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold of the coming of the Just One; of whom you have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of Angels, and have not kept it.” (Acts 7:52-53) 1. There is one fact abundantly clear to, and freely recognized by, every student of Jewish history whether a friend of Christ our Lord or... Read More

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed — All Souls’ Day

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Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed All Souls’ Day November 2nd Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, eternal rest to the souls of the departed; and may the thought of death spur me on to greater generosity. MEDITATION “Holy Church, our good Mother, after having exalted with fitting praise all her children who now rejoice in heaven, strives also to help all those who still suffer in purgatory, and to this end intercedes... Read More

Solemnity of All Saints

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Solemnity of All Saints November First Presence of God – Through the intercession of Your saints, O Lord, may I tread the way of holiness courageously. MEDITATION Holy Mother Church, always solicitous and anxious for our salvation, exults today with exceeding joy as she contemplates the glory of her children who, having reached their heavenly fatherland, are safe for all eternity, forever delivered from the snares of the evil... Read More

God Invites All Souls

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Easter

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Easter Thursday 💐   Presence of God – O Lord, I answer Your invitation, I run to Your fountain: quench my thirst! MEDITATION Commenting on the invitation of Jesus: “If any man thirst, let him come to Me, and drink” (Jn 7:37), St. Teresa of Avila says, “Consider that the Lord calls everyone. Now, He is Truth itself, we cannot doubt His word. If His invitation were not addressed to all, He would not call all of us….... Read More

The Tomb and the Pearl: Retreat Guide for Easter

April 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guide

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Retreat Guide for Easter: The Tomb and the Pearl The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “The Tomb and the Pearl: A Retreat Guide for Easter,” is designed to help you “go forward towards the light”, as the Holy Father recently put it, so that the glorious Easter Mystery can make a fresh impact on your life. In the first meditation, you will participate in St. Mary Magdalene’s transforming experience of the empty... Read More

How can we celebrate more fully the season of Easter?

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, The wonderful season of Easter is upon us. Lent has been a great time to prepare for the victory of the cross over death. Thank-you Jesus Christ, Holy Redeemer. What are appropriate things we can do to celebrate Easter, especially for the entire season?   I love this question! Ever since I was ordained, I have been struck every year by the decrease in daily Mass attendance as soon as Lent ends. I am not trying... Read More

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