Sign Up for our Free Daily Email Updates / Catholic Spiritual Direction

Posture during Mass and St Peter of Alcantara’s Preparation for Meditation

Posture during Mass and Preparation for Meditation

DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&MelissaPosture during Mass and preparation for meditation. Why should we use the words of the saints when we are preparing for mental prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners.



Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is posture in prayer important?
  • How does Christian teaching on prayer posture differ from that of Eastern, non-Christian religions?
  • Prayer posture in private prayer versus prayer posture in public, or corporate, prayer.
  • What is the meaning of the Sign of the Cross?
  • What are the Nine Ways of Prayer of St Dominic?
  • What does St Peter of Alcántara say about preparation necessary to prayer?
  • Suggestion: Write down your distractions during prayer.
  • Why should we use the prayers of the Saints in vocal prayer in preparation for prayer? How should we use them?
  • Why do we, and men in particular, have difficulty with the romance language of prayer? How can we overcome this?
  • Why Lectio Divina is a good way to begin with mental prayer.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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.

please consider supporting our mission with a donation!

Skip to toolbar