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Finding God through Meditation – Starting a Prayer Routine

Starting a Prayer Routine

DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&MelissaWant to start a new prayer routine? Dan and Melissa answer a listener's question on starting a prayer routine. Join them as they offer suggestions on developing a prayer habit and reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.



Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can I begin a new prayer life if I’ve never successfully established a
    daily habit?
  • How long does it take for a practice to become a
  • Why is prayer considered an ascesis?
  • Three key points to developing a prayer habit: clarity, community, and accountability.
  • How does vocal prayer lead to mental prayer?
  • Why does the enemy care about our prayer life?


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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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  • Sasha

    Hi Dan,

    I have a question about vocal prayer that I would love to hear you discuss. I pray the Office of Readings and morning prayer. the OR I always do alone, MP I used to do alone but am now sometimes joining a group after morning Mass. Here’s my question: sometimes, it doesn’t feel prayerful. I feel like I’m just reading. I do it in the same place each morning, in my little prayer nook, with candles lit and my crucifix to look at among other things. On the one hand, I think that reading it *is* praying and I try not to get too caught up in my feelings as I’ve not found them to be reliable or trustworthy. On the other hand, if there’s something I can do to combat that feeling of not being totally engaged at times, I want to do it. Can you shed any light on this?

    Thank you!

    • Dan Burke

      Dear Sasha – great question. I answered it along with other good questions on prayer on the Divine Intimacy Radio show that will air next Friday. Yours in Christ.

      • Sasha

        Wonderful! Thank you and I’ll look forward to listening.

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