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The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Power of prayer: By prayer the soul is cleansed from sin, replenished with charity, confirmed in faith, strengthened, and refreshed in spirit. Prayer establishes the inward man, St Peter of Alcantara Cover Low Rezpacifies the heart, knows the truth, conquers temptations, expels sorrow, renews the senses, stirs up languishing virtue, puts to flight tepidity, and scours the rust of vices. In prayer, the quick sparkles of celestial desires are incessantly sent forth, from the burning coals of divine love. The privileges of prayer are rare, the prerogatives admirable. Prayer unlocks the gates of heaven, manifests divine secrets, and always finds free access to the ears of God.

Note from Dan: This excerpt on the power of prayer is taken from my newly edited and published version of St. Peter of Alcántara's great work on Prayer and Meditation entitled “Finding God Through Meditation.” St. Peter was a spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. If you would like a signed copy of this book (by me, not St. Peter), CLICK HERE. Your donation for the book will go to the formation of priests, religious, and the faithful poor. If you would just like to buy a copy from Emmaus Road Publishing, CLICK HERE.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Jan

    Thank you Dan. Another piece of spiritual wisdom perfectly timed. I ordered the book last week and am looking forward to its arrival. Also, asking prayers for an elderly woman named Janice Geiger, who is a patient in an Appleton, Wisconsin nursing home. Mrs. Geiger wants to live, and her family wants her to live, but she is slowly being starved to death by the nursing home. Mrs. Geiger receives her nutrition via tube feeding, can communicate, pray, play hand-held card games. The Nursing Home won temporary guardianship OVER Mrs. Geiger’s family, and while another court date to determine Mrs. Geiger’s fate has been set for April, the Nursing Home, in the meantime, has already started decreasing her feeding rations! Click on this link to read the story: but most of all, PLEASE PRAY! Thank you for your prayers!

    • I wish it were my idea. Our amazing editor Liz was the one who suggested we post these powerful reflections. She is a gift.

      • LizEst

        Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dan…these are from your book. To God be the glory!

    • Jeanette

      Prayers coming for Mrs. Geiger.

    • Judy Silhan

      I will offer up prayers for Mrs. Giger during Prayers of the Faithful at Mass tomorrow.

  • SnowBlossoms

    Your paragraph above is simply beautiful! When I can I am going to buy your book, it sounds wonderful!!

  • DAN-Hi My question is how would you advise someone who is not new to the faith,but feels they could benefit from spiritual direction. I personally looked for a SD years ago when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, Had questions and confusion THERE SIMPLY were not any directors around at the time?? This was about 12 -15 years ago. Tried periodically over years to connect with one, had no success. Now as I discern the issue of a director, I wonder where I would start??? Can you advise??? Thanks

    • Dear Joe – have you read my book on spiritual direction – Navigating the Interior Life? You can find it here if you have not yet read it:

      • Hi Dan I tried to reply earlier, not sure what happened to the post anyway, Yes I did read your book in part , It really was not helpful for the questions I had.Do you know anything about being Baptized in the Holy Spirit, I was hoping a more direct answer to my original question than did you read my book?? Joe

  • Cathy

    Hi Joe,
    I have read your post looking for spiritual direction.Pray and ask for one.This is what Saint
    Faustina writes in her diary.i had been given a spiritual director turns out 2 years after praying the Montfort consecration (which I have been praying since 97) I moved to the
    other side of the country in January new land and it was place on my heart to pray for a
    Director and it turns out to be 5 years to the day when I started asking .The Holy Spirit moves in his good time and he is the director.i.In the meantime there are some really Holy
    Confessors in the box and that’s how it started to unfold for me.God Bless You .Hope this

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