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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

On Knowing Your Sins; How to Meditate More Effectively

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Questions on Knowing Your Sins and How to Meditate More Effectively How can we become more aware of our sins? How does our disposition help us to meditate more effectively? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do I find myself unaware of how I’ve offended... Read More

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

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Posture during Mass and Preparation for Meditation Posture 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... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – 6 Things Necessary for Prayer

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6 Things Necessary for Prayer What does St Peter of Alcántara think are the 6 things necessary for prayer? How can we use the six things to begin a daily prayer routine? Listen as Dan and Melissa list and explain these six things, and continue their discussion of the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are some... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer

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Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing... 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

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

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Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation The following is an excerpt from Connie’s new book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF. This excerpt comprises Chapter Five: The Nature of Contemplation.   Fr. Keating writes, “Contemplation is a fundamental constituent of human nature and hence available to every human being.”[1]... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

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Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this... Read More

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part II of III)

August 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer Part II of III In part I of this series, I spoke about some ways that Centering Prayer and yoga propose sitting silently as a form of meditation or contemplation. Today I want to focus on St. Teresa of Avila’s teaching about silence during prayer. Did she teach the same thing as Fr. Thomas Keating and other Centering Prayer advocates, as they maintain? Silence... Read More

Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? (Part I of III)

August 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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 Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? Part I of III Today I want to begin discussing misconceptions about the place of silence in prayer growth. Since we desire contemplation, should we sit still in prayer and wait for it? Should we try to make it happen by quieting our minds? This three-part series speaks to the differences between Carmelite teaching and Centering Prayer, yoga, and other types of... Read More

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