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How can we celebrate more fully the season of Easter?

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


Q: 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?   A: 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... Read More

The Resurrection of the Lord

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Presence of God – O risen Jesus, make me worthy to share in the joy of Your Resurrection. MEDITATION “This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein” (Roman Breviary). This is the most excellent day, the happiest day in the whole year, because it is the day when “Christ, our Pasch, has been sacrificed.” Christmas, too, is a joyous feast, but whereas Christmas vibrates with a characteristic... Read More

Taste of Victory – Retreat Guide for Easter

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guides

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New Easter Retreat Guide Now Available! Easter Sunday is over, but the Easter Season has just begun. It will last for another seven weeks. Why does the liturgy make the Easter Season so long? And how can we live this Season as God wants us to? Those and more questions are explored in “The Taste of Victory: A Retreat Guide for Easter.” As with all our Retreat Guides, you can use this one by watching it, listening to... Read More

Finding the Splendor of Mercy in the Shadow of Humdrum Days

April 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter, Featured

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“Oh humdrum days, filled with darkness, I look upon you with a solemn and festive eye.” (Saint Faustina Kowalska, Diary, #1373) Saint Faustina Kowalska wrote these words in 1937 at the brink of falling into a very serious illness from which she would never recover.  She could not have known that this experience of darkness was only the beginning of many difficult days for herself, her native Poland and the Church.... Read More

More on Divine Mercy – Podcast Interview with Joseph Pronechen

April 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Divine Mercy, Easter, Seasonal Meditations

More on Divine Mercy – Podcast Interview with Joseph Pronechen

HE IS RISEN! Dear Friends, this past Friday, I interviewed Joseph Pronechen, the author of our recent post on Divine Mercy, for Register Radio. You can find that podcast here. The interview begins about half way through the show and we covered the FINCH acronym that outlines the basic elements and aspects of the devotion. The acronym is as follows: F – Feast of Divine Mercy I  – Image of Divine Mercy N – Novena... Read More

He is Risen!

April 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Seasonal Meditations

Albrecht Dürer, The Resurrection of Christ, Copper Etching   About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register,... Read More

Christ’s Last Supper – “Take and Eat…” What did Jesus really mean?

On Holy Thursday, we celebrate Jesus’ last supper before his death. On that night, “He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.’” (Luke 22:15) “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after supper,... Read More

Jesus I Trust In You

April 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Hymns, Seasonal Meditations

The morn had spread her crimson rays, When range the skies with shouts of praise; Earth joined the joyful hymn to swell, That brought despair to vanquished hell. ———- He comes victorious from the grave, The Lord omnipotent to save, And brings with him to light of day The Saints who long imprisoned lay. ———- Vain is the cavern’s threefold ward– The stone, the seal the armed guard; O... Read More

An Easter story from a friend – no such thing as a bad egg?

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

Dear CSD Friends, Father John received this note from a friend and thought you might enjoy it… Dan Dear Friends and Family, I had a beautiful little miracle happen that I want to share with you.  I resolved last week to make a special effort to offer little sacrifices throughout the day to show my love for Christ, rather than grumbling about them (my usual first instinct). Well, my first test came when I went to make... Read More