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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life

Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life


Description: This week, Dan and Melissa explain how tolerating distractions in the spiritual life can dissuade the enemy from discouraging us in prayer. Tolerating distractions in the spiritual life

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • It would be unrealistic to believe that we can be free from all distractions in prayer, so we must have strategies to tolerate them.
  • How can we “gently” turn our thoughts back to God during prayer?
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals to us that our distractions can uncover our sinful attachments.
  • Is perseverance in prayer despite our distractions more meritorious than being without distractions all together?
  • What strategies can we use for tolerating distractions in the spiritual life and turn our hearts back to Jesus?


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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 Author Insights Edition, 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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  • Brenda Lee Allor

    Thank you both for this wonderful show. It is an oasis in busy day.Blessings. Brenda

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