"Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God's saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well."—Matthew 6:33

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Seeking First the Kingdom

30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D

Seeking First the Kingdom is the second book of Fr. Bartunek’s Complete Christian Collection. With a focus around “discipleship”, it is full of practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life. In these 30 meditations, you’ll learn:

• How to bring every dimension of your being into your relationship with God
• How to handle the emotional roller coaster of everyday life
• How to overcome spiritual obstacles and roadblocks
• Ways to develop virtue and grow in holiness

Along the way, you’ll discover how to cultivate a deep and joy-filled friendship with Christ—an adventure that begins today, here on earth, and continues for all eternity.


For You:

These 30 meditations will help you learn how to bring every dimension of your being into your relationship with God, how to handle the emotional roller coaster of everyday life, how to overcome spiritual obstacles and roadblocks, and ways to develop virtue and grow in holiness..

For a Friend:

Do you know someone that is looking to grow in their faith life, but doens’t know how to fit it into their daily life? This is the book. Get them a copy today and perhaps read along with them.

For Your Parish:

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

“Seeking something involves knowing about it, wanting it, and going out to take possession of it. These three activities correspond to the three basic powers of the human soul: the mind, which knows and understands; the emotions, which feel attraction and repulsion; and the will, by which one makes decisions and takes action.”

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.

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