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

July 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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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

44. Investing Wisely (Matthew 13:44-52)

July 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you; let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.” -St. Anselm Matthew 13:44-52: ‘’The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls;... Read More

43. Qualities of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:24-43)

July 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“In prayer I always find light and strength of spirit although there are moments so trying and hurtful, that it is sometimes difficult to imagine that these things can happen in a convent. Strangely, God sometimes allows them, but always in order to manifest or develop virtue in a soul. That is the reason for trials.” -St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 13:24-43: He put another parable before them,... Read More

42. Seeking a Fertile Heart (Matthew 13:1-23)

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“While the Lord was calling me, all the world’s pleasures stood nearby. As though holding deliberations with a friend, my mind pondered what course to take, which to abandon. Thanks be to you, good Jesus, who, moved by the holy entreaties of your servant, broke my bonds and cast upon me the bonds of your love.” -St. Hilary of Arles  Matthew 13:1-23: That same day, Jesus left the house and sat... Read More

Am I Too Much Work for God?

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I have a hard time accepting that God loves me just the way I am. I experienced abuse growing up, and lived in a very dysfunctional family. My son had cancer and chemo at the age of 13. I married an emotionally, religiously abusive husband. I have a hard time knowing and accepting God accepts and loves me. I feel like maybe I am too much work, even for God. Can you help me? It’s understandable to... Read More

How does one Receive what God Wants to Give?

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Dear Fr. John, thank you for “The Better Part“. I have kept up with all days following the calendar in the back. I treasure this book as it “lives” at my bedside ready to nourish and inspire. I especially have benefited from the entries where a figure from Scripture speaks in the first person. I write because my search for a remedy for a life-long spiritual matter has reached... Read More

Dryness in Prayer – Our Part in the Struggle (Part II of III)

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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... Read More

The Danger of Martha’s Vindication

October 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Scripture

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I have noticed a troubling trend in past years when the Gospel reading about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Christ surfaces. Of course we all know the passage: “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted... Read More

“The Better Part” Now in Spanish!

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 “The Better Part” is now available available in Spanish! “La Mejor Parte,” el 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... Read More

Video – The Better Part and The 4 “Cs” of Christian Meditation

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The Better Part and the Four “Cs” of Christian Meditation — A Video Resource In this video, Fr. John Bartunek helps us understand how to use the “Four Cs” of Christian meditation: Concentrate, Consider, Converse, and Commit. To learn more about this method and to dig deeper in your relationship with Christ through Christian meditation, please consider purchasing Fr. John’s... Read More

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