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92. Go! Matthew 28:11-20 Trinity Sunday Gospel

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“…God alone satisfies and infinitely surpasses man’s desire, which for that reason is never at rest save in God.” – St. Thomas Aquinas Matthew 28:11-20: Now while they [the women to whom Christ had appeared] were on their way, some of the guards went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened. These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money... Read More

301. The Church Gets Going (John 20:19-31) Pentecost Gospel

May 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“Christ who is God, supreme over all, has arranged to wash man clean of sin and to make our old nature new.”  –  St. Hippolytus John 20:19-31: In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were... Read More

148. Sent to Conquer (Mark 16:9-20)

May 9, 2018 by  
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“… That missionary responsibility must once again become strong within us: if our faith makes us glad, let us feel bound to speak of it to others. The extent to which people will be able to accept it will then be in God’s hands.” – Pope Benedict XVI Mark 16:9-20: Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils. She then went to those... Read More

291. Truth and Joy (John 17:12-19)

May 9, 2018 by  
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“But whenever we think of Christ, let us always bear in mind that love of his which drove him to bestow upon us so many gifts and graces.” – St. Teresa of Avila John 17:12-19  ‘While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and not one is lost except the one who chose to be lost, and this was to fulfill the scriptures. But now I am coming to you and while... Read More

286. You Are My Friends (John 15:9-17)

May 2, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

“He had no need of us in order to save us, but we can do nothing without him… So let us love one another as Christ loved us and gave himself for us.” – St. Augustine John 15:9-17: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may... 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 going on, and... 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 (Concentrate, Consider, Converse and Commit) A Video Resource How to Meditate Meditation is rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Church. It is a personal and intimate 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”... Read More

The Better Part in its 4th Printing and iPhone App!

August 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, Resources, The Better Part

The Better Part Dear Friends – Just in case you were out on vacation and missed it – here it is again with a significant correction (sorry for those who have already seen this) – please help us spread the word! I am very excited to provide you with an update on one of the best prayer resources available today, and published by Catholic Spiritual Direction in several new formats including a new iPhone App pictured... Read More

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

January 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, The Better Part

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... Read More

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