Happy Baptism Day!: Weekly Message for 06-11-2019

Dear Fellow Digital Pilgrim, Pax Christi:

We have a tradition in our Regnum Christi spiritual family of celebrating the anniversary of our baptism with as much hullabaloo as we celebrate our birthdays.

I am not sure how many fellow Regnum Christi members really get into this tradition, but it’s one that I like very much.  In my Legionary community, we have entered our baptismal anniversaries into our community calendar, and each member gets to choose how he wants to celebrate it.

I am mentioning this because my own baptismal anniversary is coming right up.  It coincides this year with Fathers’ Day, June 16th.  So it’s on my mind.

My favorite ingredient in our traditional celebration of a baptismal anniversary is doing an extra hour of meditation, in a chapel where the Eucharist is reserved, with a lit baptismal candle at my side.

The anniversary of our baptism truly is a day worth celebrating, a day when the universe changed forever.  If you haven’t thought much about your baptism, you may want to take a look at our Retreat Guide about this sacrament, Who You Are.

One of the things I am going to do this year on my baptismal anniversary, during that extra hour of meditation, is pray for all of you.  It’s always remarkable to me how many Father’s Day greetings I receive on Father’s Day. As a priest, God has given me that vocation, to be a spiritual father.  And since Father’s Day and my baptismal anniversary coincide this year, I will be praying that day for the whole spiritual family, including all of our digital pilgrims.

I want to finish with a word of special thanks to our digital missionaries, those of you who support us here at RCSpirituality with your prayers and your donations.  That support enables all of us here to continue serving Christ and his Kingdom. And it enables me to continue living out my calling to be a spiritual father, a calling that has its roots in my baptism.  So, thank you, and may God bless you!

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr John Bartunek, LC


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  1. Fr. Bartunek,

    So special to read the way you celebrate
    your special day of Baptism. Spending
    time with Our Lord is the best gift!
    And you are praying for us, your
    digital pilgrims, THANK YOU,
    I receive many spiritual insights from
    your book THE BETTER PART. I have
    four specific pages marked for daily
    reading. Why. to help me renew each
    day my promise to rid myself of
    preoccupations that pull me away
    from God.
    And I do often ask God to bless you
    extra special for your written words
    that bring me closer to union with


  2. Congratulations, Father! Thank you so much for all your input in my spiritual life even though I’m far away in Hong Kong.
    I’m so happy to be able to contribute to this ministry, even if only with a small amount.
    Will be keeping you in my mass intentions on your Baptism day!!!
    Blessings on you!

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