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The Prayer of Quiet: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 1

The Prayer of Quiet
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Day 27, Part 1 Reflections
Divine Intimacy Radio

St. Teresa continues her discussion with her brother, Lorenzo, on physical mortification and addresses his questions about transitioning into contemplative prayer. Dan and Melissa discuss “the prayer of quiet” and confronting temptations as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is “the discipline” and why is it used?Cover-Front_-_30_Days_Teresa_of_Avila_20150128a_pdf-247x380
  • How much physical mortification is too much?
  • The role of the Holy Spirit in physical ascetical practices.
  • What is “the prayer of quiet”?
  • How does a devout soul transition into contemplative prayer?
  • Recognizing an increase in holiness within the soul.
  • Addressing temptations during prayer as advised by St. Ignatius.


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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, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. 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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  • Judy Silhan

    Very insightful program this morning. Sadly though, with your reflections, I am once again debating whether or not to seek spiritual direction with someone different than the priest I have been with for a little over a year. This most humble and sincere priest is sometimes gone for long periods of time, requiring me seek counsel with a priest I have known for a period of time, and who recognizes the spiritual battles which I am confronted with, both mental and physical, as more than simply temptations to deal with. Because of being relatively new to actively pursuing a perfected spiritual life, I do not want to prematurely give up the spiritual direction of this dedicated priest to whom I was led. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Lorelei Goodall

      My experience has been to go and get the charismatic renewal laying on of hands. I never cease to be amazed how this type of prayer of intercession shifts things in the spiritual realm. Things don’t so in the one prayer alone, on going help from your priest just adds to the whole journey of your life. Try it and see. God bless you and your seeking.

    • LisaB101

      Judy, if you have not yet discussed this with your (traveling) spiritual director, then I encourage you to do so. And then be obedient to his direction.

    • Jeanette

      Judy, I am in much the same situation where my spiritual director is a priest who is often sick so I don’t see him more than 4 times a year. I have been tempted to get a different spiritual director than him but I let that phase pass and don’t feel that way anymore. He is very helpful to me and I believe now, more than ever, that I should stick with him, as he knows me so well. I would suggest you keep praying about it and ask the Holy Spirit (who is your first and foremost spiritual director) to guide you but give it lots of time to discern without making a rash decision. May God bless you.

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