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How Do We Avoid Distractions In Prayer? – DI Radio Show and Podcast

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, God's Love, Prayer, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa reflect on God's intense, personal love for each individual soul and answer the question, “How do we avoid How Do We Avoid Distractions In Prayer?distractions in prayer?”

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Reflections on the pure, unconditional, personal love with which the Creator formed each, unique human being.
  • A life filled with earthly wealth may lead to comfort, but a humble life oriented to God will lead to peace and eternal joy.
  • What prayerful solution can you offer for a person who gets distracted in prayer easily?
  • Jesus suggests that we go into a small, remote space to pray (cf Matthew 6:6).
  • Establishing a consistent prayer time each day programs our bodies and minds to be still during this time.
  • Practicing lectio divina helps lessen distractions.
  • Do not simply sit in silence if you are at a beginning stage in prayer.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, 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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  • Amy

    I’ve been struggling greatly with distraction in prayer – moreso now than I have in years. Does this temptation often come as we progress in the spiritual life (especially with the night of sense)?

    • LizEst

      Hi Amy — We are almost always going to have distractions in prayer. The issue is whether or not we allow them to distract us. So, yes, that is one of the things that gets purified during the dark night, particularly the night of the spirit, as mentioned here: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2015/07/04/keeping-faith-alive-during-lifes-dark-nights-part-ii-of-iv

      In fact, have an excellent series on dryness and aridity in prayer, which also includes a section on the dark night here: http://www.spiritualdirection.com/2016/01/16/aridity-and-dryness-in-prayer-series Within that, this Carmelite series is particularly helpful: Keeping Faith Alive during Life’s Dark Nights Series (Four Parts):
      Part I – How faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates the veil of the ordinary, and how it is essential to our relationship with God
      Part II – The general patterns of growth which we experience
      Part III – How to keep faith alive during our lives’ dark nights
      Part IV – Conclusion of how to keep faith alive during these dark nights

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