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Pray – Make a decision…

October 16, 2009 by  
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Make a Decision…

Make a Decision!

Make a Decision!

Decide. You’ve got to decide. Once and for all. If you don’t decide, really make a firm, specific, concrete decision to build your life on the earthquake-resistant foundation of prayer, then your life won’t be earthquake resistant. If God matters to you, then you will spend time with him – that’s prayer. If he doesn’t matter to you, you won’t spend time with him. Those are the two extremes. The problem is, most of us fall somewhere in between. Yes, God matters to us, but so do a lot of other things (studies, sports, hobbies, family, friends, fun, work – and the list goes on). Therefore, even though God matters, he often gets left on the very back burner, while we get fully absorbed in cooking up our favorite recipes on the front burner. Of course, we know intuitively that everything will be tastier if we season it with God’s love and wisdom, but somehow we keep putting him off. Only if we make a conscious decision to PRAY EVERY DAY will we succeed in developing, under God’s gentle guidance, a vibrant and rewarding prayer life. So make your decision. Now. And renew it later, tomorrow, again and again. Don’t wait until you become an expert in prayer to make a serious commitment to prayer – it’ll be way too late.

Yours in Christ, Father John Bartunek, LC


Art for the post “Make a Decision”:  A Fork in the Road, Richard Croft, 13 October 2008, CCA-SA, Wikimedia Commons.

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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.

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