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

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part II of II)

Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined the bearing our attitude might bring to bear on what keeps us from loving others the way Christ does.  Today, we will look at what we can do about it.  Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, thank you for this most relevant reflection. In

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God is Faithful: A Retreat Guide on Mary’s Assumption into Heaven

God Is Faithful: A Retreat Guide on Mary’s Assumption Into Heaven The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, God Is Faithful: A Retreat Guide on Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. The Blessed Virgin Mary led a life full of suffering. But she never let that suffering obscure her faith in God.

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What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part I of II)

What Keeps Me from Loving Others as Christ Does? (Part I of II) Dear Fr. Bartunek, thank you for this most relevant reflection. In the last paragraph, the question, “What is keeping me from loving others with [Christ’s] kind of energy, constancy, and creativity?”, has been playing in my mind repeatedly for months. I have

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What Do Books Have to Do with Faith? (Part II of II)

What do books have to do with faith? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note:  In part one, we looked at what literature is and the magnificent power of poetry.  Today, we will examine drama and fiction, and talk about the positive effect that the fine arts can have on our spiritual development. Here is the

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What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site. We don’t need stuff like that to have a relationship with God. What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway? Please help.

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Relics (Part III of III)

RELICS (Part III of III) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics. In Part II, we showed how relics reiterate the Incarnation.   Today, we will examine how relics

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Relics (Part II of III)

RELICS (Part II of III) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics.  Today we will show how relics reiterate the Incarnation.  Here is the question we are

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Relics (Part I of III)

RELICS (Part I of III)   Dear Father John, The discussion about cremation and preserving the head of St. Catherine had me thinking. Why stop at the head? What about all the incorruptible bodies in the Church – St. Pio and St. Bernadette of Lourdes to name two – should they be on public display??

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Built to Last: A Retreat Guide on St Peter and the Papacy

BUILT TO LAST: A RETREAT GUIDE ON ST PETER AND THE PAPACY The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Built to Last: A Retreat Guide on St Peter and the Papacy, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. The various Christian denominations have a lot in common, but unfortunately, we also have our differences. One major difference

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How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? (Part II of II)

How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? Part II of II Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at what Christianizing the mind entails. Then, Father John went on to explain the first two of the three interrelated functions of the human mind: information gathering and thinking deeply. Today we will examine the

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How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? (Part I of II)

How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? Part I of II Dear Father John, in both the Old and the New Testament it talks about loving God with our whole mind. I’m sure I don’t even know my whole mind completely. So, how do I love God with my whole mind? CHRISTIANIZING THE

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Reconciliation

RECONCILIATION Dear Father John, During the sacrament of reconciliation, they say that the priest is “in persona Christi”, meaning, if I understand correctly, that it is really Christ that is acting through him. If so, how come the priest cannot understand if I say my sins in my own language that he doesn’t know? Surely

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Where to Seek the Truth (Part II of II)

Where to Seek the Truth Part II of II Editor’s Note: Where to seek the Truth (Part I of II) we looked at the Church’s desire to help us find the truth, the yearning of the human heart to know more about God and the yearning to find and discern the food we need for

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Where to Seek the Truth (Part I of II)

Where to Seek the Truth Part I of II Dear Father John, I want to learn more about God but I don’t know how to tell good teaching from bad. Where can I find out the truth? That’s a very good question and I would like to begin by quoting from something that St. John

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Recurring Nightmares; Spiritual Attacks

RECURRING NIGHTMARES/SPIRITUAL ATTACKS Dear Father John, When I was a child I used to have recurrent nightmares about snakes, rats, wild dogs and the feeling of choking myself. A priest came home and told my family to pray every night before sleeping, and that it would hopefully help me. It worked. And now that I’ve

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