"The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” - John 6:8

“Thank you for the wonderful retreats you have created for us. I am a Canadian priest and I have used two of them with a small group of parishioners. Through these videos we have received many graces and blessings as a parish.”

Fr. G.D.

SELF-GUIDED MINI-RETREATS

THE POWER OF PENTECOST & THE ONE THING NEEDED

FR. JOHN BARTUNEK, LC, S.TH.D

Through meditations, a conference, and reflection questions, join Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D., as he helps refocus your soul while exploring the many facets of our faith. Designed to help you open your heart to Christ, these Retreat Guides will provide the right amount of insight and depth to recenter and recharge your life.

The Power of Pentecost – Every new liturgical season is a spiritual fresh start, a spiritual clean slate. Are you getting ready? This Retreat Guide will help prepare you. The First Meditation tours the gifts of the Holy Spirit that renew our mind in Christ. The Second Meditation plugs you into the gifts of the Holy Spirit that strengthen and purify our interior freedom. The Conference gets practical, explaining four ways that each one of us can actively cooperate with the Holy Spirit on a day-to-day basis.

The One Thing Needed – Today’s world offers us so much! Wherever we go, products and possibilities battle raucously for our attention and our commitment. Amidst all the noise, how can we focus on what really matters? In this Retreat Guide, we will set our sights on the most important aspect of life. In the First Meditation, we will find that Jesus calls this the “one thing needed.” The Second Meditation looks at the relationship between the one thing needed and all the other things that make up our daily life. And the Conference reviews God’s own not-so-secret formula for helping us keep our priorities straight: the Third Commandment.

For You:

Designed to help you open your heart to Christ, these Retreat Guides will provide the right amount of insight and depth to recenter and recharge your life.

For a Friend:

Join with a friend or a small group and create a mini retreat followed by Mass.

For Your Parish:

Order for your parish small groups (adoration, bible studies, ministry groups, etc.) and receive a bulk discount!

About the Author

Father John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his B.A. in history from Stanford University in 1990, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. 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.

Father Bartunek 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. Father Bartunek 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 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.

Father Bartunek 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. He answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org.