SpiritualDirection.com / Catholic Spiritual Direction

Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

Divine Intimacy Radio New Feature Image 600x334.jpg

Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

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

Divine Intimacy Radio New Feature Image 600x334.jpg

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

Divine Intimacy Radio New Feature Image 600x334.jpg

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

CenteringPrayerRossiniBookCrop5

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?

DetailThomasKeatingDiscussionWithTheDalaiLamaBoston2012Crop

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

TeresaofAvilaCrop

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

JoaquinSorollaSantaEnOracion(crop)Prayer2

 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

Skip to toolbar