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Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – What is Prayer?


DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&MelissaHow does one get started in mental prayer? What are the important elements to having a good prayer life? Dan and Melissa take on complexities of answering the question “What is prayer?” as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.


Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Answers to the question “What is prayer?”
  • How does Jesus’ humanity help to orient us to God the Father and The Blessed Trinity?
  • Why prayer is so much more than “asking for stuff” or doing religious acts that are in some way meritorious or good.
  • Is the recitation of all vocal prayer always actual prayer?
  • How prayer keeps us away from sin.
  • About methods of prayer.
  • What does it mean to call something “sacred”?
  • Three important elements for starting a good prayer life.
  • Why is it important to dedicate a set time for prayer?
  • Some advise for setting up a sacred space for prayer in your home.
  • How do our surroundings help to orient us toward God?
  • Keeping our minds attentive during prayer.


Advent: Dan Burke's Home Manger

Dan Burke’s home altar with manger for Advent (click on picture for larger version)

  • Finding God Through Meditation – St. Peter of Alcántara
  • Finding God Through Meditation ebook – St. Peter of Alcántara
  • Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • EWTN Religious Catalogue – online
  • The Interior Castle Study Edition
  • Matthew 7:13-14 – The Narrow Gate [The Narrow Way] – USCCB Bible link
  • Isaiah 55:8 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the LORD.” – USCCB Bible link
  • John 14:8,9 – “Show us the Father…Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” – USCCB Bible link
  • John 10:30 – “The Father and I are one” – USCCB Bible link
  • Luke 21:34-36 – “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” USCCB Bible link
  • Onething 2015 – Dan Burke speaking engagement, along with Audrey Assad, in Kansas City (Dec. 28-31)
  • Matthew 6:5-8 – Teaching about prayer – USCCB Bible link
  • How do I Set Up a Home Altar? – post on
  • St Marie of Jesus Crucified
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church – Part 4, Section 1, Chapter 3, Article 1, Section II: Meditation
  • Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament – New Advent link
  • The Divine Praises – prayer
  • How to pray the Rosary – New Advent link
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – “May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – USCCB Bible link
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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, 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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    My home space:

  • LizEst

    …and we rejoice with the Church in that the second miracle for Mother Teresa’s cause has been accepted by the Pope. No date has been set for her canonization yet! Praise be the Lord. Blessed, soon to be Saint, Mother Teresa, pray for us!

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