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The Sacred Chain

January 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Silence

The Sacred Chain of Holiness

the sacred chain of holinessIf we want to learn to pray, we’ve got to learn how to be quiet, how to listen, how to enter into the silence of beauty and humility. If we surround ourselves with non-stop noise, the gentle whisper of our Father’s voice will be drowned out, and our prayer will become a tragic monologue – me talking to God and not listening to his words of response. If that happens, the sacred chain of holiness will be broken. What’s the sacred chain of holiness? Here’s how [Saint] Mother Teresa of Calcutta put it:

The fruit of silence is prayer;

the fruit of prayer is faith;

the fruit of faith is love;

the fruit of love is service;

the fruit of service is peace…

Yours in Christ, Father John Bartunek, LC


Art for this post on the sacred chain: Sepia detail of Cross on a chain of Anna Jagiellon, from the so-called Royal Casket lost during World War II, Anonymous (Poland), second half of 16th century, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, 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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