“but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” —Luke 10:42

“In this book…Father John provides both an elegant and memorable method for meditation along with very helpful examples of specifically how to put this method into practice. He manages to do this while keeping our sights on Christ, not the method… May your faith, and the faith of those you love, be uniquely blessed by this important work.”

Dan Burke
Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
and Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register

The Better Part

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

This book should be declared a national treasure! We lead tremendously busy lives, with 1,001 things to do. Even so, every saint and renowned spiritual director through the ages has said the same thing: If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation. The Better Part is the first book of Fr. Bartunek’s Complete Christian Collection. It provides the reader the opportunity to “encounter” Christ by enabling us to read, meditate, absorb, and apply the Gospels to our lives. It serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead along the path of holiness. The portable resource has a ribbon to mark your place and contains detailed indices to help you meditate either on the liturgical seasons or the virtues you feel most in need of developing.

The best-selling book, now in its sixth printing, features a substantive, meditative and flexible structure. The first section offers a detailed and practical guide to Christian mediation. The second, larger section is divided into units. Each unit consists of five parts: a passage from the Gospels and a four-part commentary based on the same four themes throughout the book: Christ the Lord, Christ the Teacher, Christ the Friend and Christ in My Life. All four Gospels are contained and commented upon in their entirety.

For You:

You lead a tremendously busy life, with 1,001 things to do so The Better Part enables you, through small daily meditations, to read, meditate, absorb, and apply the Gospels to your life.

For a Friend:

You probably know someone that is just as busy as you so share this wonderful resource by getting them their own copy.

For Your Parish:

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

Christ wants to come anew into our hearts each day, each season, each time we receive Holy Communion – bringing new graces to help us meet all the challenges we face and all those still to come; should we not prepare our hearts well?

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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