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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

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer


Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer “These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter to engage your mind devoutly. But note that meditation, if it be well performed, ought to consist of six parts; some of which go before, others follow mental prayer. Preparation: First, before we apply... Read More

The Power of Prayer


The Power of Prayer Power of prayer: By prayer the soul is cleansed from sin, replenished with charity, confirmed in faith, strengthened, and refreshed in spirit. Prayer establishes the inward man, pacifies the heart, knows the truth, conquers temptations, expels sorrow, renews the senses, stirs up languishing virtue, puts to flight tepidity, and scours the rust of vices. In prayer, the quick sparkles... Read More

Prayer Overcomes All


The inestimable virtue of prayer is able to obtain all good, and remove all hurtful things. If thou wilt patiently endure adversity, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt overcome tribulation and temptations, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt trample upon thy perverse inclinations, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt know the deceits of Satan, and avoid them, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt live joyfully in... Read More

Contemplation & Meditation Lies: Peter of Alcantara, Teresa of Avila


In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St. Teresa that the Catechism of the Catholic Church poses the question,... Read More

Blessed Angela di Foligno: Resting in Crucified Love

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“You are I and I am you.”  (Words spoken to Blessed Angela di Foligno as recorded in Memorial, Chapter IX taken from Angela of Foligno: Complete Works, trans. Paul Lachance, O.F.M., in Classics of Western Spirituality, New York: Paulist Press (1993) 205.) These are words that Blessed Angela di Foligno believed the Risen Lord addressed to her. An early 14th century Franciscan Tertiary,... Read More

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