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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

True Prayer – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Day 22 Reflections

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True Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 22 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss the impact of suffering on prayer and how to differentiate true prayer from manufactured prayer. Listen as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does suffering come from? Why does God allow suffering? Where... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 3 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part III of III) Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 15th Editor’s note: In part II, we looked at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way St Teresa and St Thérèse differed from each other. Today, we’ll put what we’ve considered in the previous posts of this series into perspective. Putting... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 2 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part II of III) Editor’s note: In part I, we talked about the goal of every pilgrimage, our Carmelite Doctors of the Church, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, specifically. Today we will look at Saint Teresa of Avila, in particular, and the way these Daughters of the Church differ from each other. Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) St.... Read More

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part 1 of 3)

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2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: Sts Teresa and Therese (Part I of III) Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1st Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high... Read More

The Two Trajectories of the Soul

February 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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The Two Trajectories of the Soul There is a troubling phenomenon noted by several Doctors of the Church regarding the common waning of spiritual development after a period of progress. It often happens after a fervent soul makes notable gains against habitual mortal and then venial sin. It can also happen on the back side of any virtue based victory. The soul becomes satisfied with itself and then... Read More

Lost Sense of Sin: Catechetical Gaps Filled w/ Wisdom of Saints (I/II)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Overcoming/Fighting, Ralph Martin, Sin

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The Faith Understood Anyone familiar with Catholics United for the Faith (CU F) knows the valuable work it has done in analyzing catechetical texts. For many years, CU F was a voice “crying out in the wilderness.” Its work of prophetic witness and careful analysis was vindicated when the U.S. bishops’ committee set up to evaluate catechetical texts found that the vast majority of texts in use... Read More

Who can I Trust?

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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About a decade before I converted to Catholicism, I was struggling with aridity. Former protestants can attest to the fact that there is little help in protestantism for this or any other significant malady in the realm of spiritual progress. So, I began searching, and I stumbled across a priest who had written on the topic. This priest provided me with the wisdom I needed – wisdom the Holy Spirit... Read More

Nescivi – A Cry of A Heart in Love with God

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“Nescivi!”  This is the Latin for what it seems the Shulamite Bride of the Canticle of Canticles sings in 6:12.  The passage is difficult to translate.  One 16th Century Doctor of the Church, Saint John of the Cross, understood it to be the declaration of a lover captivated with thoughts of her Beloved.  The Latin means “I no longer know (anything)” although some modern... Read More

Who are the Doctors of the Church and why should I care?

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Dear Dan, I am a convert and a mom. I have recently decided that my faith needed deepening and have begun to delve deeper into it through prayer, confession, reading, talking to my priest etc. He told me about your site and today I came across an article you answered on spiritual development. You said, “Otherwise, if you want a fool proof way to stay within the sublime wealth and spiritual tradition... Read More

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