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The second most important thing…

October 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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The Second Most Important Thing…

Let’s face it; life is fast-paced. We never have enough time to do everything we want to. We rush around from commitment to commitment and still can’t squeeze everything in – especially something like prayer, which is not only difficult and demanding, but its results are most often intangible. So, if you’ve decided to run the adventure of your life on its proper fuel (prayer), you need to purposely schedule in your fill-ups. A firm decision to pray every day will soon evaporate if you don’t DECIDE AHEAD OF TIME WHEN you will pray. You schedule in your classes, your workouts, your meals, your appointments, your studies – have you scheduled in your prayer time? Why not? “I just pray whenever I feel like it; you know, God is always around, so I just talk to him when I feel inspired.” Hmm. Sounds like a cop-out. If you really care about someone, you make a point of spending time with them, and you don’t let other things get in your way. Besides, if Jesus himself habitually reserved time just for prayer without compromising the spontaneity of his love for the Father, don’t you think it would be wise to follow suit? “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) If you’re still not convinced, be scientific: do an experiment. Schedule your daily prayer ahead of time for a week, follow through with it, and see what happens. It will change your life.

Yours In Christ, Father John Bartunek, LC

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at

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  • sandy

    I have found that “The Little Office of The Blessed Virgin”,has helped me “discipline” myself with regard to prayer time during the day.Having recently returned to the church, and at a loss to know how to maintain the recovery,I chanced upon this lovely little book.I try to say all of the hours,not easy for me, unaccustomed as I am to any sort of prayer.I regard it as the backbone, if you like,of my new prayerlife ,and it seems completely natural and normal to be saying it,something I did not expect when I first began.

  • Janine

    Oh my how this post is needed in this day. Thanks & Blessings+

  • raziel

    what is the name of this painting, and who painted it?

    • I am sorry – I don’t know. If you find out please let me know so that we can provide that information. It is beautiful isn’t it.

  • judeen

    try doing several things.. 1st thing in the morn… praise God.. look at the phrophets how they prayed…  take a certain time each day to pray.. boy I can tell the difference.. I do not always do it.. but things seems so much stronger.. and even feed back becomes stronger from God.. and so too the gifts from God.. as though he waits for us… at that time.. the angels will remind you , or wake you to pray…

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