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65. Two Types of Sinners (Matthew 21:28-32)

September 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditations, The Better Part

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“I already have a spouse, and I will not offend him by pretending that another might please me. I will give myself only to him who first chose me. So, executioners, what are you waiting for?” - St. Agnes, martyr Matthew 21:28-32: ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today. He answered, I will not go, but afterwards thought... Read More

61. Give and Take (Matthew 20:1-19)

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

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“It is not only as past history that we know all that the Son of God did and taught for the reconciliation of the world; here and now we feel the effects of its power.” -  Pope St. Leo the Great Matthew 20:1-19: ‘Now the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to... Read More

247. God’s Game Plan (John 3:16-21)

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

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“How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he gained so great a Redeemer, and if God ‘gave his only Son’ in order that man ‘should not perish but have eternal life.’”  -Saint John Paul II John 3:16-21: ‘Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the... Read More

57. United We Stand (Matthew 18:15-20)

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

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“He proved that neither unity nor peace could be kept unless the brethren treat one another with mutual forbearance, and preserve the bond of concord through patience.” - St. Cyprian Matthew 18:15-20: “If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, is between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or... 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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