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Lectio Divina, A Guide: What it is & How It helps Prayer Life


Dear Dan, can you help me understand Lectio Divina and whether or not I should use it to help me improve my prayer life? I am struggling right now and feel like I need a change but I don’t know what will help. Any Christian seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ will no doubt be blessed through this time tested monastic prayer method. Many of you who use The Better Part to pray will... Read More

Catechism – Meditation – 2707

March 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Catechism, Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Prayer

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Meditation: Catechism Paragraph 2707 There are as many and varied methods of meditation as there are spiritual masters. Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly, lest they come to resemble the three first kinds of soil in the parable of the sower. But a method is only a guide; the important thing is to advance, with the Holy Spirit, along the one way of prayer: Christ... Read More

The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer

January 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek


The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer by Father John Bartunek, LC, ThD No one who is learning or desires to learn to pray more deeply and meditate more effectively on the person and work of Christ should go without this book. It offers a basic but at the same time sufficiently comprehensive overview of how to meditate in the Christian tradition (no New Age or Hindu/Buddhist... Read More

Time for God – Book Recommendation

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Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe: Book Recommendation Someone once said that true genius is not in understanding complexity but in the ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms that anyone can understand. Father Jacques Philippe accomplishes in a very short easy read what most require volumes to explore and explain about the spiritual life, and specifically the life of prayer. Father... Read More

A Simple Guide to Christian Meditation

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer


Christian Meditation: A Simple Guide Each day you should reserve some time–5, 10, or 15 minutes can be a good start–to spend in quiet, heart-to-heart conversation with Christ. This is called Christian meditation. The goal of this kind of prayer is to deepen your personal relationship with Christ, praising God and receiving his grace, and to identify yourself more and more with the purpose... Read More

Daily Quick-Journal and The Fruits of Meditation

September 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Journaling, Meditation


There are many ways to understand God’s leading in our lives. One way, came as a helpful surprise during spiritual direction. My director asked me, “What is the Holy Spirit leading you to focus on at this time?” As a reflex, I reached over to my daily planner and quickly flipped back through the pages – the pattern was clear. Here’s what I discovered – it might work... Read More

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