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Video – Difference between meditation and contemplation?

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Prayer, Videos

Meditation and Contemplation: What is the Difference?
A Short Video Resource on Prayer
Fr John Bartunek

Fr John Bartunek

Dan Burke

Dan Burke

Father John Bartunek and Dan Burke discuss the difference between meditation and contemplation. Dan references the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with its clear writing on the differences and similarities between these two forms of Catholic prayer. Father John succinctly discusses the one major thing they share in common and the key difference between them.



theBetterPartCoverSmallEditor’s Note: To learn more about the spiritual life and to dig deeper in your relationship with Christ through Christian meditation, please consider purchasing Fr. John’s fantastic book, The Better Part – A Christ Centered Resource for Personal Prayer.


Art: The cover of Father John Bartunek’s book “The Better Part” is used with permission. Pictures of Father John Bartunek and Dan Burke used with permission.

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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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