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The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer

January 24, 2010 by  
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The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
by Father John Bartunek, LC, ThD

No one who is learning or desires to learn to pray more deeply and meditate more effectively on the person and work of Christ should go without this book. It offers a basic but at the same time sufficiently comprehensive overview of how to meditate in the Christian tradition (no New Age or Hindu/Buddhist influences here.)

Beyond the solid instruction on meditation method, Father John provides us with meditations through each verse of the four Gospels and group study questions at the end of each of the 303 meditation units.

This work provides spiritual reading and meditation material for every day of the liturgical year, every Mass, or spiritual reading on a daily basis.

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Or to Learn More – Here's the Table of Contents (Partial):

God's Idea of Prayer

  • Christian Prayer – Eminently Christ-Centered
  • Christian Prayer – Intensely Personal

Types of Prayer

  • Vocal Prayer
  • Meditative Prayer
  • Contemplative Prayer
  • Meditation vs. Spiritual Reading

Four Step Structure of Meditation

  1. Concentrate
  2. Consider
  3. Converse
  4. Commit

Difficulties in Prayer

  • Sloth and Distractions
  • Solving the Difficulties
  • How Do I Know I'm Praying Well?

If you want to deepen your relationship with Christ by learning to meditate on Christ and his teaching through timeless and authentic reality of Christ in the Gospels, this is the best way I know of. If you want to start or enrich a small group study, this is also a fantastic resource.

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Art for this post on The Better Part: Cover of The Better Part used with permission of Fr. John Bartunek, all rights reserved.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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