The One Thing Needed: A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary

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Today’s world offers us so much!  Wherever we go, products and possibilities battle raucously for our attention and our commitment.  Visual noise, mind noise, noise noise… Amidst all the noise, how can we focus on what really matters?

In this Retreat Guide, One Thing Needed: A Retreat Guide on Martha and Mary, that’s what we will reflect on.

  • The first meditation looks at what Jesus calls “the one thing needed.”
  • The second meditation looks at the relationship between that one thing 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.



First Meditation


Second Meditation




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  1. I am most grateful for being able to experience this retreat. I am a Martha and I’ve learned a lot and it made me think how as a child my family did observe Sunday as a day or rest and relaxation. Thank you.

  2. Exactly what I needed at this moment in my life! Thank you so much Fr John. You truly are a blessing to the church and a channel of God’s grace.

  3. The transformation the Lord I doing in my life specially when I like Mary, spend time with him in mental prayer, is amazing. Particularly healing me from being so prone to resentment and my difficulty to forgive quickly. So, undoubtedly I’m looking to be in Mary’s mode more often allowing the healing and transformation to continue. Thanks so much Fe Bartunek for such an enlightening retreat!
    God bless!

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