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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

70. The Answer (Matthew 22:34-46)

October 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“If we desire to live in the dwelling-place of his kingdom there is no means of reaching it except by the way of good deeds.” -St. Benedict Matthew 22:34-46: But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God... Read More

68. Foiled Again (Matthew 22:15-21)

October 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Alas for the soul which has not Christ for its Lord dwelling in it, for when it is deserted and filled with the stench of passions it becomes a den of vice.” – St. Macarius Matthew 22:15-21: Then the Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap him in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest... Read More

67. A Thankless Banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)

October 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“Alas for the soul which is without Christ to cultivate it so that it will bring forth the fruits of the Spirit. When it is deserted it becomes full of thorns and thistles…”  – St. Macarius Matthew 22:1-14: Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those... Read More

66. A Valuable Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46)

October 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“My daughter, all your miseries have been consumed in the flame of My love, like a little twig thrown into a roaring fire.” – Words of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska Matthew 21:33-46: ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a wine press in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time... 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

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