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290. Casting Out the Devil – Forever (John 17:1-11)

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part, Unity

“It is clear to me that if we wish to please God and to receive graces in abundance from him, it is God’s will that these graces should come to us through the hands of Christ in his most holy humanity.” – St. Teresa of Avila John 17:1-11: “Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your son may glorify you; and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him, let him give eternal... Read More

92. Go! Matthew 28:11-20

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“…God alone satisfies and infinitely surpasses man’s desire, which for that reason is never at rest save in God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas Matthew 28:11-20: Now while they [the women to whom Christ had appeared] were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened. These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money... Read More

283. The Supreme Gift (John 14:13-21)

May 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“The spiritual building up of the body of Christ is brought about by love…” – St. Fulgentius of Ruspe John 14:13-21: ‘Whatever you ask for in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever, that Spirit of truth whom... Read More

282. Untroubled Hearts (John 14:1-12)

May 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Contradictions, sickness, scruples, spiritual aridity, and all the inner and outward torments are the chisel with which God carves his statues for paradise.” – St. Alphonsus Ligouri John 14:1-12: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have... Read More

270. Life to the Full (John 10:1-10)

May 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Christ my God, you humbled yourself in order to lift me, a straying sheep, on to your shoulders.” – St. John Damascene John 10:1-10: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own... Read More

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 and walked by their side; but... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

Editor’s Note: In Part I, we talked about what is going on with dryness or aridity in prayer. Today, we will look at our part in the struggle. A reader asks: Dear Father John, I have been praying (mental prayer) for a long time. But lately I seem to be experiencing dryness in my prayer – I just don’t seem to get as much out of it as I used to. Is this the “dark night of the soul”? If not, what’s... Read More

“The Better Part” Now in Spanish!

September 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, La Mejor Parte, Liz Estler, The Better Part

 “The Better Part” now in Spanish! “La Mejor Parte” libro del Padre Bartunek, se puede conseguir ahora ¡en español!  Ud. puede leer la descripción como se detalla a continuación. Father Bartunek’s book is a Christ-centered resource for daily meditation. Contained therein is a Bible study on the Gospel of St. John, a survey of saints’ writings, a prayer guide and a fresh introduction to Jesus all in one book.... Read More

Video – The Better Part and the “Four Cs” of Christian Meditation

September 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Prayer, The Better Part, Videos

The Better Part and the Four “Cs” of Christian Meditation (Concentrate, Consider, Converse and Commit) A Video Resource How to Meditate Meditation is rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church.  It is a personal conversation with God. But, some people do not know how to get started. In this video, Fr. John Bartunek helps us understand how to approach God through faith, how to use the “Four Cs” of Christian... Read More

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