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Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&MelissaWhat is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.



Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What does it mean that meditation is a “transitional form of prayer”?transitioning from meditation to contemplation
  • To what are you transitioning, and how?
  • What should you do when meditation no longer works for you?
  • What are the signs you are ready for transitioning from meditation to contemplation?
  • How long does it take to prepare for contemplative prayer?
  • How a spiritual director can help you understand the progression of your 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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  • Judy Silhan

    Listening to you, Dan, as I do each week, a question arose within me, based on you saying that, in meditation, there may be times to stop and allow God to overtake you..and you said, not finish…The goal is drawing your heart to God. My question is, in prayerful reading of a morning, after the LOH, I read from St. Faustina’s Diary, and I always ask Jesus to speak to me through her writings. This morning, God clearly spoke to me as I read: “You alone are enough for me,” I was completely overcome with tears and emotion. After listening to the program, I began to do my daily reading from 33 Days to Merciful Love, and as soon as I began to read of Mary’s trial of faith, the same emotions and tears overwhelmed me again. At this point, are you saying, Dan, that we are to just stop and not finish the meditations we are attempting to do?
    Thank you again, for your much appreciated, and anticipated weekly help with our spiritual life.

  • Amy Fenner

    Thank you for this! As I endure this dark night, it is great to hear you touch on simplifying prayer. It would be incredibly helpful if you could share more examples or expand on this. Also, is this another way to speak of the prayer of quiet? May God richly bless you & your ministry!

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