|Fr. John Bartunek LC directing a small group.|
Fr. John Bartunek LC has taken his years of experience
answering questions about the spiritual life and collected them into
a new Q & A book called Answers: Catholic Advice
for Your Spiritual Questions, published by Servant Books, a subsidiary
of Franciscan Media.
Dan Burke, executive director of EWTN’s National Catholic
Register and organizer of the website RCSpiritualDirection.com, asked Fr. John
to contribute to the website a few years ago. Since
then, Fr. John has continued to field spiritual questions on
a weekly basis.
“Properly aimed and answered, these questions can launch
a soul into engagement with God that it would otherwise
have never known,” writes Dan in his “Foreword” for Fr.
John’s new book.
Taking this series of real-life questions answered on
the website, Fr. John has compiled what he describes as
a handbook to deal with some of the toughest spiritual
questions, ranging from prayer to solving moral dilemmas.
some of the questions include:
• How can I hear
God speaking in prayer?
• What is redemptive suffering? What does
it mean to ‘offer it up’?
• How can I learn
to love God?
• How can I be joyful when life
• Why are some sins so hard to overcome?
• How can I forgive someone who shows no remorse?
kind of entertainment is appropriate?
• Is it possible to be
too spiritual or passionate about my faith?
• What are Indulgences?
What is a Novena?
• Why is it Important to attend
• Can non-Christians go to Heaven?
The new book focuses
specifically on how a Christian can grow spiritually. Fr. John
said he tried to make his answers concise and easy
to read, in what he calls “a practical compendium” useful
as spiritual reading for beginners and veterans in the Christian
life. He also pointed out that the book can be
an apologetics tool, showing ways to explain these truths to
inquisitive colleagues, family members, and acquaintances.
“You can get through one
or two questions in just a few minutes,” he said.
“It serves as an excellent source for spiritual reading. And
since the questions are all from real people trying to
grow spiritually, the answers always bring theoretical truths down to
practical behaviors and applications.”
Don’t just take Fr. John’s word
for it. “Every single Catholic should keep a copy of
Answers at home and at work to help them better
understand and share their faith with others," writes Patrick Lencioni,
author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The
Advantage, in his recommendation for the book. “Outside of the
Bible and the Catechism, this may be the most complete
explanation of our faith that I´ve ever encountered. Fr. John
Bartunek has an amazing gift for describing the most important
|Fr. John Bartunek talking with Dan Burke.|
things with clarity, completeness and humanity.”
The book is available at
Amazon at the following link: