Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, “Inside the Passion”–the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: “The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer”. His most recent books are “Spring Meditations”, “Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength”, and “Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions”. Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

Articles By Fr. John Bartunek, LC

159. Basic Training (Luke 3:10-20)

How did St. John the Baptist prepare the way for Jesus? How was he different from Jesus? Find out when Fr. John Bartunek reflects on the Gospel for this coming Sunday, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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225. Endgame (Luke 21:25-38)

Fr. John Bartunek reflects the Day of the Lord, the coming of the Messiah, and the end times, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part” on this coming Sunday’s Gospel.

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136. History Unveiled (Mark 13:14-27)

What does Christ have to say about the final days? Learn from Fr. John Bartunek’s reflection on Mark 13:14:27 (a partial rendering of Sunday’s Gospel continued in the subsequent meditation online today), an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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137. Staying Ready (Mark 13:28-37)

What else does Christ have to say about staying ready for the end of time … and when it will come? Learn from Fr. John Bartunek’s reflection on this coming Sunday’s Gospel, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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134. A Mighty Heart (Mark 12:38-44)

What does God really want from us? Find out in this reflection from Fr. John Bartunek on Sunday’s upcoming Gospel on widow’s mite and self-righteousness, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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128. Blind Eyes, Seeing Heart (Mark 10:46-52)

What are the three lessons we are taught in the story of Jesus’ cure of blind Bartimaeus? Find out in this excerpt from Fr. John Bartunek’s meditation book “The Better Part” … as a preparation for this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading.

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127. The Hard Road to Jerusalem (Mark 10:32-45)

Were the Apostles born saints? Sunday’s Gospel proves otherwise. Find out how we can learn from their desire to be as close to Christ as possible in this excerpt from Fr. John Bartunek’s meditation book “The Better Part”.

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126. Money, Money, Money (Mark 10:17-31)

Is keeping the Ten Commandments enough to have treasure in heaven? What did Jesus say? Find out when Fr. John Bartunek reflects on Sunday’s upcoming Gospel, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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125. Married Love: Meant to Last (Mark 10:1-16)

What does Jesus have to say about marriage and divorce? Why were little children attracted to him? Fr. John Bartunek reflects on this coming Sunday’s gospel, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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What is a General Confession?

General Confession and Scrupulosity   Dear Father John: What is a general confession?  And, under what circumstances should one make a general confession?  Should a scrupulous person make a general confession? Thank you for your question.  I hope I can shed a little bit of light on the nature of general confession. What “General Confession”

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124. Sin Matters (Mark 9:38-50)

Do we really have to choose sides for God or against Him? What are the consequences of sin? Find out the answers to these questions in an excerpt from Fr. John Bartunek’s meditation book “The Better Part”.

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