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Is God’s Love Unconditional? (Part I of II)

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

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Q: Dear Father John, since I have been very exposed to the modern self-help movement that tells us God’s love or Christ’s love is unconditional, how do we explain judgment of others?  If he loves us all equally, why do we need to pray, be virtuous or even religious? If we are all flawed humans (some worse than others ) and we are told to love ourselves regardless, what could possibly be the motivation... Read More

Who are you?

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge

Who are you?

You are God’s child (John 1:12) You are Christ’s friend (John 15:15) You are a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27) You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) You are His chosen one in Him before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11) You are adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5) You are in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1... Read More

I like dogs better than people, am I off base?

February 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fraternal Love

Q: Dear Dan, I was telling a friend of mine the other day that I really prefer dogs to people. He told me that I needed to pray about this and that he thought it was a serious issue for me spiritually. His response really has me baffled. Still, since Lent has me a bit introspective, I thought I would take his challenge seriously. What do you think? Is this just a silly conversation that I am taking... Read More

77. Staying Ready (Matthew 25:1-13)

November 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“It is not enough for us, then, to be content with his first coming; we must wait in hope of his second coming.” - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Matthew 25:1-13: ‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible... Read More

Love beyond love

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Theophilus

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Almighty God, I do love and fear you. What fool would fail to tremble at your ability to cast it into the eternal suffering of its own making? But I am not motivated by your power to effortlessly give me what I have often requested by my choice of sin. No, I am not motivated by my fear of judgment and hell. My divine Love, I am driven to love you by the reality of your unimaginable grace. How is it... Read More