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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 RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

236. The Lord Draws Near (Luke 24:13-35)

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“This glorious son of the carpenter, who set up his cross above the all-consuming world of the dead, led the human race into the abode of life.” – St. Ephraem Luke 24:13-35: That very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up... Read More

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection?

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Easter, Eternity, Fr. Bartunek, Resurrection

Why are Peacocks Considered Symbols of the Resurrection? Dear Father John, I was looking around the SpiritualDirection.com site and found a post from back in 2014 (Why are Holy Water Fonts at Church Doors? Why Bless Ourselves with Holy Water) in which you said that peacocks are considered signs of the Resurrection. I never knew that. Why are peacocks thought of in that way? Is it the same for peahens?... Read More

301. The Church Gets Going (John 20:19-31)

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Christ who is God, supreme over all, has arranged to wash man clean of sin and to make our old nature new.”  –  St. Hippolytus John 20:19-31: In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and... Read More

299. Son Rise (John 20:1-10)

“So on Sunday we all come together. This is the first day, on which God transformed darkness and matter and made the world; the day on which Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead.” – St. Justin Martyr John 20:1-10: It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and... Read More

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?   Choir and Rood Screen in Albi Cathedral in France From time to time, in various spiritual writings and elsewhere, I’ve come across the term “choir” and it seems like it has nothing to do with music, which is what I associate it with. I think it might have something to do with Mass, perhaps where it is said?, but I’m not exactly sure what. Is it used... Read More

Demon Attacks

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

Demon Attacks Spiritual Warfare and Demonology I was wondering if a demon that is attacking a family you have never met can attack said person mentally and physically? I have been having dreams of this horrible monster coming after me and my family for years. And yesterday I was watching this story about some family being hurt by this demon. From what they describe of it, it sounds like it could be... Read More

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Prayer, Retreat Guides

for post Lenten Retreat on Saint Joseph

The Faithful Steward: A Lenten Retreat Guide on Saint Joseph (A Retreat Guide from RCSpirituality.org)   He is the universal patron and protector of the Catholic Church. He is the traditional patron of a happy death, of fathers and of unborn children, of immigrants and workers, of home hunters and people facing doubt and hesitation, and of dozens of countries, regions, and cities across the world.... Read More

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action,... Read More

How Should We Pray for So Many Prayer Intentions?

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Intentions, Prayer

How Should We Pray for So Many Prayer Intentions?   With all the causes in this world that need prayer, I have kind of thrown up my hands and asked our Blessed Mother to take my prayer beginning with daily Mass, and apply them where she sees fit. Heaven knows about our five children and how much they need prayer, and including my wife who just suffered a stroke at seventy years old. As time goes... Read More

Be Not Afraid: A Retreat Guide on St. John Paul II

January 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

Be Not Afraid: A Retreat Guide on St. John Paul II   The latest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Be Not Afraid: A Retreat Guide on St. John Paul II, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When Karol Wojtyla, the Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, emerged onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome after being chosen by the conclave of cardinals as Pope John Paul II, he made history. Not... Read More

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