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Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5

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Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5 Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 3 of 5 ~~ In the third episode of five of the show Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Dan Burke discusses his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism through Protestantism and finally being received into the Church on the Feast of Our... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part III of III)

November 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Prayer

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…a reader asks: Q: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path?   In the first part of this post, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part II of III)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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…a reader asks: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? In Part I, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath the various prayer methods.... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part I of III)

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Prayer of Simplicity: What is it? (Part I of III) Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? The term “prayer of simplicity” is used differently by different spiritual authors, so there is... Read More

Set aside meditation & vocal prayer for deeper spiritual life?

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Deeper Spiritual Life? Dear Dan, I have a rule of life (firm spiritual commitments) and as part of that rule I have been meditating (Ignatian) and praying the rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours daily for years now. My struggle is that I have heard that if I sense the Lord’s presence (which does happen), that I should set these prayers aside and focus on the Lord. I am confused, I thought that focusing... Read More

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