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Catholic Spiritual Direction

79. Cheat Sheet (Matthew 25:31-46)

November 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“I beg you, join with me in love. Run with me in faith. Let us yearn for our heavenly home. Let us sigh for it. Let us realize that we are strangers here below.” -St. Augustine Matthew 25:31-46: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another... Read More

78. Talents in Trust (Matthew 25:14-30)

November 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“We preach not one coming only of Christ, but a second also, far more glorious than the first. The first revealed the meaning of his patient endurance; the second brings with it the crown of the divine kingdom.” -St. Cyril of Jerusalem Matthew 25:14-30: ‘It is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two,... Read More

245. Spring Cleaning (John 2:13-25)

November 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“He is the center of history and of the world; he is the one who knows us and who loves us; he is the companion and friend of our life.” -Pope Paul VI John 2:13-25: Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them... Read More

257. Believing or Complaining (John 6:36-51)

October 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“He gave himself to be our food; unhappy is the one who is unaware of so great a gift.” - St. Cajetan John 6:36-51: ‘But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me. Now the will... 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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