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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life

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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life   Description: This week, Dan and Melissa explain how tolerating distractions in the spiritual life can dissuade the enemy from discouraging us in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: It would be unrealistic to believe that we can be free from all distractions in prayer, so we must have strategies to tolerate them. How can we “gently”... 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

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

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

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

Distraction and Reading in Meditation [Finding God Through Meditation]

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about distraction and reading in meditation? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Reading After a due preparation follows reading those things that are to be meditated upon; that must not be too hasty, but mature, serious and quiet; to which the understanding must not only be attentive, to understand those... Read More

How can I better prepare for prayer and meditation?

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer

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Dear Father John, in the first part of your book, The Better Part, you mention something about preparing for tomorrow’s meditation the night before. I also heard that mentioned by a priest giving us a talk during a retreat. Can you explain this a little bit more? What do you mean, exactly, and is that something just for religious and priests, or should I be doing it too? It seems to me that your... 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

Struggling with Rosary: where should attention be during Rosary?

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Rosary

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Dear Dan, I used to pray the Rosary daily, but lately I have become frustrated with it and am confused about where my attention should be focused while praying it. One Hail Mary, I find myself meditating on how painful it must have been for Jesus to be scourged at the pillar, and what great love it took for him to tolerate that for our sake. However, during that prayer, I was not paying attention to... Read More

Am I being self-absorbed when praying for spiritual growth?

April 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Can praying for spiritual growth indicate being self absorbed? I am troubled by my intercessory prayer. I pray quite a bit for others but, I also pray a lot for myself. I pray that I grow in faith, that I love and see others as Christ sees them, etc. Still, I wonder if I am too focused on self. These thoughts have become distractions in prayer and in Mass. In Mass, as I was thinking on this, I... Read More

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