Meet Uncle Eddy. Navigating today’s world is tough and all of us could use a nudge in the right direction. Figuring out the right path to take at work, college or with friends is not always easy. Before making some of those big (or small) decisions, see what Uncle Eddy has to say. A pseudonym for Fr. John Bartunek, LC, Uncle Eddy, is an imaginary uncle who has been imprisoned for the Catholic Faith. Pointing toward the lives of the saints he sends a daily email with spiritual advice to his many imaginary nieces and nephews.

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St Andrew

November 30, 2017

Dear Andy, I can understand why you feel so “uncomfortable” sharing your faith with your fraternity brothers.  After all, standing up for things like Christian chastity, justice,... Read More

St Saturninus

November 29, 2017

Dear Sadie, In all sincerity, I thank you for your frankness.  You make a respectable case for the irrelevance of the histories all these martyrs for your present life.  Indeed,... Read More

St Catherine Labouré

November 28, 2017

Dear Kathy, I am following closely everything you send me about your ongoing “conversation” with your biology professor.  I am frequently puzzled by the great faith that men... Read More

Going Dark: Weekly Message for 11-28-17

Dear Friends in Christ, Advent and a new liturgical year begin this Sunday, and the Advent season is a good time to contemplate the moment when God “went dark.” Advent is filled... Read More

The Christmas Apostle: A Retreat Guide on St. John the Evangelist

St. John the Evangelist, more than any other of the Eleven Apostles, was wonderfully fascinated by the amazing, marvelous event of God becoming man and living among us. His writings... Read More

St James Intercisus

November 27, 2017

Dear Jimmy, Great news that you have received yet another prestigious leadership award!  Congratulations.  I do wonder how you keep them all straight.  And I do wonder whether... Read More

Spiritual Smoothie: Sin Hurts

Fr. Bartunek shares a powerful image that shows how our sin hurts the heart of Christ. It’s not something we want to think about, but it’s important that we take the time to... Read More

St Sylvester Gozzolini

November 26, 2017

Dear Sly, You knew that trouble would come from your decision to enter the seminary.  And you knew where it would come from.  Your dad has never been too keen on your fervent... Read More


Preface I of Saints For more information on prefaces in general, see The Eucharistic Prayer (2) and The Eucharistic Prayer (3) This preface is used for All Saints, Masses for Patron... Read More

St Moses

November 25, 2017

Dear Melissa, May I ask you to commiserate with me for a few lines today?  You see, I am imagining you all celebrating thanksgiving together, and it fills my soul with warmth. ... Read More

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