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49. Forced by Faith (Matthew 15:21-28)

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the blessings and benefits which you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. O most merciful friend, my brother and redeemer, grant that I may know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day, day by day. Amen.” – St. Richard of Chichester Matthew 15:21-28: Jesus left that place and withdrew to the region of... Read More

47. Why Do We Doubt? (Matthew 14:22-36)

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“If I try by myself to swim across the ocean of this world, the waves will certainly engulf me. In order to survive I must climb aboard a ship made of wood; this wood is the Cross of Christ. Of course, even on board ship there will be dangerous tempests and perils from the sea of this world. But God will help me remain on board the ship and arrive safely at the harbor of eternal life.” – St. Augustine Matthew 14:22-36:... Read More

54. Mountaintop Meetings (Matthew 17:1-13)

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“If he were not of the same nature as ourselves, his command to imitate him as a master would be a futile one.” – St. Hippolytus Matthew 17:1-13: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah... Read More

44. Investing Wisely (Matthew 13:44-52)

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

“Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you; let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.” – St. Anselm Matthew 13:44-52: ‘’The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one... Read More

43. Qualities of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:24-43)

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

“In prayer I always find light and strength of spirit although there are moments so trying and hurtful, that it is sometimes difficult to imagine that these things can happen in a convent. Strangely, God sometimes allows them, but always in order to manifest or develop virtue in a soul. That is the reason for trials.” – St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 13:24-43: He put another parable before them, ‘The kingdom of heaven... 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 going on, and... 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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