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Seeking First the Kingdom
Fr. John Bartunek’s newest book offers meditations for the interior life

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“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides” (Matthew 6:33). 

This quote from Scripture encapsulates the message of another new book from Fr. John Bartunek LC, Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, now available.  (He also recently published the book Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions, featured in an article last month.)

Seeking First the Kingdom is published by a new publishing house, Ministry23, an offshoot of long-time Catholic book distributor Catholic Word.  Ministry 23 hopes to offer projects like this new book, that as Fr. John describes, “reach beyond the 7% of Catholics who are actively practicing their faith, connecting with the next level of Catholics who need a fresh and creative push in order to get excited about the adventure of being a Catholic.”

Fr. John hopes the book will help readers tackle the challenges of living a Christian life in a more and more secularized environment, and bring unity and order to what he calls “our ridiculously fast-paced culture.”

Designed for easy use by a group study, or for individual spiritual reading or an aid to prayer, the book tries to answer questions regarding the interior life. 

It is organized in five parts. The first four parts are dedicated to the different facets in Christ’s presentation of the Great Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) The fifth part presents the practical implications for the reader. 

Each of the thirty meditations in the book begins with a quotation from St. John Paul II, and finishes with questions for discussion or personal reflection.  The text of the book is printed in two colors, with Scripture quotations in red ink.

The book also implements a familiar concept to the Regnum Christi movement -- Integral Formation.

“In my mind, integral formation is the process by which we mature and flourish in our Christian vocation with the transforming action of God’s grace in our lives,” said Fr. John.  “It involves integrating every facet of our personality and every experience of our personal history into our friendship with Christ. It doesn’t leave any of our human potentialities or personal gifts untouched by God’s grace. Integral Formation requires our
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cooperation and effort; it’s a partnership between our generous self-giving, and our letting ourselves be loved and transformed by the Lord.”

“In today’s world, with so many forces pulling us in contradictory directions, we need to emphasize the integrating power of our friendship with Christ,” said Fr. John. “If we understand who we are as human beings, we can begin to integrate all facets of our personality with our desire for holiness and happiness, developing a stronger and more vibrant Christian personality, one that stands out for its harmony and equilibrium.  That’s what this book points towards.  It revisits perennial concepts and explains and develops them in fresh new ways.”

To purchase the book, click here, and to watch an introductory video about it go to the following link: The book should also be available at soon.



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