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Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ

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Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ Dan and Melissa strongly recommend watching The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday evening to more effectively meditate on the brutal reality that Our Lord entered into to redeem the world.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Having a visually realistic portrayal of the event of our Lord’s Passion and death to meditate upon. Mary’s role in the Passion... 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

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

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Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church’s guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – What is Prayer?

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WHAT IS PRAYER? How does one get started in mental prayer? What are the imporatant elements to having a good prayer life? Dan and Melissa take on complexities of answering the question “What is prayer?” as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Answers to the question “What is prayer?” How... 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

Finding God Through Meditation – St Peter of Alcantara & the Importance of Prayer

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St Peter of Alcantara and the Importance of Prayer Who was St Peter of Alcántara? What did he have to say about prayer? Join Dan and Melissa as they begin a discussion of his book Finding God Through Meditation, and answer a question from a listener about prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do I really need to set aside a specific time for prayer every day? How do ascetical practices help... Read More

Why Don’t People Kneel at Mass?

November 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Mass, Worship

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Why Don’t People Kneel at Mass? Dear Dan, I have been disturbed in Mass by folks who don’t kneel or who half-kneel (“rear-end” still on the seat). This might sound petty but I am crippled and wish desperately that I myself could kneel. What a profound privilege it is to kneel before our God and King. He has given everything for me and I can give so little in return. I physically can’t... Read More

Distractions during Prayer

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Distractions during Prayer I have a hard time dealing with the silence that prayer requires. My mind never stops racing every time I sit down to pray. I heard somewhere that St. Teresa of Avila had the same problem. Do you know how she overcame it? Is it possible to overcome this problem? I am very frustrated but still committed. Christ has given everything for me and I won’t give up. Even so, I... Read More

Video – Struggling with distractions in prayer

March 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Videos

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Struggling with Distractions in Prayer Since this has been our most popular video to date,  I thought I should send it again. Please forward along to email and Facebook friends who might be blessed by insight on how to overcome this universal challenge. In this video, Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about how we can better understand and overcome distractions in prayer. Father John and Dan Burke... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part II of II

December 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass

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Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? In our first post on this topic, we discussed distractions during Mass. Fr. John gave reflections... Read More

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