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The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

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The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8, a long time before John’s appearance we learn of another prophet,... Read More

The Cross of Father DiAngelo

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The Cross of Father DiAngelo Memorial of Saint John Vianney   In honor of the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, who was known as the “Curé d’Ars”, today we present a video written, narrated and composed by Richard K. Carlton. Saint John Vianney lived a life of mortification and is the patron of priests, pastors and confessors. In his preparation for the priesthood, he had difficulty... Read More

Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

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Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

Can I Trust the Writings of Fr Anthony de Mello?

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Can I Trust the Writings of Fr Anthony de Mello? Who is Fr Anthony de Mello and can we trust his spiritual writings to lead us to a deeper union with Christ? Dan and Melissa discuss the problems with Fr de Mello’s influential spiritual guidance and the Catholic Church’s position on non-Christian teachings. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Melissa’s experience of spiritual consolation at... Read More

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

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Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What 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... Read More

Aridity and Dryness in Prayer Series

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A comprehensive listing of spiritual direction posts on this site regarding dryness in prayer, or aridity, and the difficulties this can cause with one’s prayer life. Some posts on the dark night which touch on dryness or aridity, are included as well.  Click on the titles of the post to access them. Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire – Part II of II Aridity – Navigating the... Read More

Questions on Prayer – Part 1

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Questions on Prayer Part 1 Do you have questions on prayer? What causes aridity in prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss the topics of aridity and distractions in prayer. They also share some important aspects of their personal prayer routines and what they have learned in life about prayer in “Questions on Prayer Part 1”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we fight the feeling of... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Distractions in Prayer & Methods of Prayer

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Distractions in Prayer and Methods of Prayer Finding God through Meditation Reflections     How can we overcome distractions in prayer? How do we recognize transitions in our prayer lives, and how should we respond to them? What methods of prayer can be helpful? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Mental Prayer & Centering Prayer

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St Peter of Alcantara on Mental Prayer Finding God through Meditation What is “centering prayer”? What did Sts Peter of Alcántara and Teresa of Avila teach about good prayer? Dan and Melissa reflect on the differences between good prayer and false prayer, as found in St Peter of Alcántara’s book Finding God through Meditation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are there incorrect... Read More

Giving up on Prayer – Day 11, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about giving up on prayer? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIV Segovia, July 3, 1574* To Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca The Saint rejects a title of honor. The foundation at Segovia. Trials of prayer. Father Pedro Hernandez. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with your Lordship! I declare that... Read More

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