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Listen for Jesus in Peaceful Silence

Listen for Jesus in Peaceful Silence At first glance, one may think that speech is superior to silence and that we communicate with Jesus by speaking and singing. Is not Heaven the eternal abode of contemplation and of love? And in Heaven, one sings without ceasing. Isaiah and St. John listened to the new canticle of glory: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts,” which the blessed never... Read More

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?   In 2016, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was canonized. It was truly a great grace for the Church and much was made of her being raised to the altars.  Almost unnoticed, outside of Carmelite circles, was the beatification on November 19, 2016 of Pere Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus, born Henri Grialou in Le Gua, a little town in the mining region... Read More

Aridity and Contemplation

Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, but it also brings us to a higher form of prayer. St. John of the Cross teaches that it is by means of this kind of aridity... Read More

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

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

On Knowing Your Sins; How to Meditate More Effectively

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

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

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

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Prayer

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom “Let me see you, let me hear your voice.”  These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray.  How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery?  To help us feel this... Read More

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

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

Making the Most of Advent

Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons... Read More

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

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

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