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

123. Leaders Like Christ (Mark 9:30-37)

How can leaders be like Christ? What do humility and service have to do with leadership? Find out in this excerpt from Fr. John Bartunek’s meditation book “The Better Part.”

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120. God’s Way (Mark 8:27-38)

Who do we say Christ is? Who is He really? Find out what Fr. John Bartunek has to say about this in this excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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117. The Touch of the Lord (Mark 7:31-37)

What does Jesus’ cure of the deaf and dumb man have to do with us? Find out in this excerpt for this coming Sunday’s Gospel from Fr. John Bartunek’s meditation book “The Better Part”.

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115. Hard-Hearted Hypocrisy (Mark 7:1-23)

Do you praise someone to their face and hate them in your heart? Do we profess Christ at Mass but fight in the parking lot? How does hypocrisy keep us from allegiance to God? Fr. John Bartunek reflects on this coming Sunday’s Gospel in an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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259. Free to Stay or Go (John 6:60-71)

Why do many Disciples leave Jesus while the Twelve stay with Him? What’s required of the Apostles? Find out when Fr. John Bartunek reflects on this coming Sunday’s Gospel, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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258. Eating Right (John 6:52-59)

How do we know that Jesus is truly giving us His Body and Blood in Holy Communion? Find out when Fr John Bartunek reflects on this coming Sunday’s Gospel, an excerpt from his meditation book “The Better Part”.

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Is the Occasion of Sin a Sin?

Fr. John Bartunek answers a reader’s question about whether or not the occasion of sin is actually a sin, and what actually determines that.

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Disobedience of the Fallen Angels

Fr. John Bartunek briefly recommends additional resources as a way to find the proper answers to questions on the disobedience of the fallen angels, which a reader seeks.

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