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18. Worry Right (Matthew 6:24-34)

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Keep the word of God. Let it pierce deep into your inmost soul and penetrate your feelings and actions. Eat well and your soul will delight and grow. Do not forget to eat your bread or your heart will wither, but let your soul feast richly.” — St. Bernard of Clairvaux Matthew 6:24-34 “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the... Read More

14. Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48)

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Prayer, The Better Part

Giving Like God (Matthew 5:38-48) “Finally, may Christ inflame the desires of all men to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong.” St. Pope John XXIII, Pacem in terris Matthew 5:38-48 ‘You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no... Read More

13. The Heart of the Matter (Matthew 5:17-37)

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

The Heart of the Matter (Matthew 5:17-37) “The Christian life is the continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us. We should be so many Christ’s here on earth, continuing his life and his works, laboring and suffering.” — St John Eudes Matthew 5:17-37  “Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till... Read More

12. A Mission in Life (Matthew 5:13-16)

February 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Of all divine things, the most godlike is to cooperate with God in the conversion of sinners.” — St Denis the Areopagite Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to... Read More

11. A Path and a Goal (Matthew 5:1-12)

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Beatitudes, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Waiting and patience are necessary if we are to fulfill what we have begun to be, and to receive, through God’s unfailing help, what we hope for and believe.” — St Cyprian Matthew 5:1-12 Seeing the crowds, he went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: ‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy the gentle:... 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 — A Video Resource 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 meditation: Concentrate, Consider, Converse and... Read More

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