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151. The Greatest Yes (Luke 1:26-38)

December 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Therefore, though it is God who takes the initiative of coming to dwell in the midst of men, and he is always the main architect of this plan, it is also true that he does not will to carry it out without our active cooperation.” -Pope Benedict XVI Luke 1:26-38: ‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named... Read More

239. An Unwelcome Sunrise (John 1:1-18)

December 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.” –St. Augustine John 1:1-18: In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a... Read More

240. A Generous King (John 1:19-28)

December 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“God’s providence of mercy, having determined to save in the last days the world which was perishing, foreordained the salvation of all nations in Christ.” -St. Leo the Great, Pope John 1:19-28: This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’... Read More

93. Prophecies Finally Fulfilled (Mark 1:1-6)

December 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“We must therefore get to work, and follow the Lord; we must break the chains which impede our following him.” -St. Augustine Mark 1:1-6: ‘The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord,... 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” 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... 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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