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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". He has also published three other titles: Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions, "Meditations for Mothers" and "A Guide to Christian Meditation". Fr. John currently splits his time between Rome and Rhode Island, where he teaches theology as an adjunct professor at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum and at Mater Ecclesia College. He is also continuing his writing apostolate with online retreats at www.RCSpirituality.org and questions and answers on the spiritual life at www.RCSpiritualDirection.com. FATHER JOHN'S BOOKS include: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer", Inside the Passion--The Only Authorized Insiders View of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, Meditations for Mothers, and A Guide to Christian Meditation.

52. Christian Rock (Matthew 16:13-20)

August 20, 2014 by  
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“Love for the Roman Pontiff must be in us a delightful passion, for in him we see Christ.” -St. José María Escrivá Matthew 16:13-20: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets’. ‘But you,’ he... Read More

What is God’s Will Regarding Suffering?

August 18, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  The following post comes from a new book by Fr. Bartunek published by Franciscan Media: “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. The questions and answers in this new book are some of Father John’s best.  Click here to learn more about the book…or if you wish to get it for a friend or relative who doesn’t read on line. With special endorsements by: Dan... Read More

49. Forced by Faith (Matthew 15:21-28)

August 13, 2014 by  
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“Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the blessings and benefits which you have given me, for all the pains and insults you have borne for me. O most merciful friend, my brother and redeemer, grant that I may know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day, day by day. Amen.”  - St. Richard of Chichester Matthew 15:21-28: Jesus left that place and... Read More

How Can I Strengthen my Will and Grow in Holiness?

August 11, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  The following post comes from a new book by Fr. Bartunek published by Franciscan Media: “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. The questions and answers in this new book are some of Father John’s best.  Click here to learn more about the book…or if you wish to get it for a friend or relative who doesn’t read on line. With special endorsements by: Dan... Read More

47. Why Do We Doubt? (Matthew 14:22-36)

August 6, 2014 by  
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“If I try by myself to swim across the ocean of this world, the waves will certainly engulf me. In order to survive I must climb aboard a ship made of wood; this wood is the Cross of Christ. Of course, even on board ship there will be dangerous tempests and perils from the sea of this world. But God will help me remain on board the ship and arrive safely at the harbor of eternal life.” –... Read More

How can I Hear God Speaking to me in Prayer?

August 4, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  The following post comes from a new book by Fr. Bartunek: “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. The questions and answers in this new book are some of Father John’s best.  Click here to learn more about the book…or if you wish to get it for a friend or relative who doesn’t read on line. With special endorsements by: Dan Burke:  “These... Read More

New Retreat Guide: Food for the Journey

August 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Eucharist, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides

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New Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist:  Food for the Journey The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Food for the Journey: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. God’s plan for the human family was disrupted by eating. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they betrayed their friendship with God, losing the only source... Read More

46. Self-Forgetting Love (Matthew 14:13-21)

July 30, 2014 by  
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“I love because I love; I love by loving.” -St. Bernard of Clairvaux Matthew 14:13-21: When Jesus received this news he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick. When evening came, the disciples went... Read More

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? (Part II of II)

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Dear Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters,

 I have long been dealing with a deep sadness and lack of joy in life.  The vortex of emotional suffering seems to revolve around my unanswered prayers for a spouse and romantic love, but when I look at myself honestly I see that I am not selfless enough to have been a good wife.

 I pray that the Lord changes my heart, and makes me a better person, and... Read More

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? (Part I of II)

Holy_Sepulchre_cross

Dear Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters,

 I have long been dealing with a deep sadness and lack of joy in life.  The vortex of emotional suffering seems to revolve around my unanswered prayers for a spouse and romantic love, but when I look at myself honestly I see that I am not selfless enough to have been a good wife.

 I pray that the Lord changes my heart, and makes me a better person, and... Read More