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Finding God through Meditation – Mental Prayer & Centering Prayer

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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

Yoga gods Divine Manifestations? Catholic Perspective (Pt III)

May 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

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In the first post we discussed “What is Yoga?” In the second post, we learned about the Hindu roots of Yoga. We found that there are certain Hindu gods that have been understood to play a role in teaching and promoting Yoga. We looked at Shiva, Vishnu, and Shakti, and said hello to Ganesh. The post concluded by noting four different positions on how to understand the gods of Yoga: The gods don’t... Read More

What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part II): gods of Yoga

February 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, Yoga

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In the first post on Yoga, we explored studies that showed a couple of important facts: · Consistent practice of Yoga is correlated with a diminishment of Christian belief. · Practitioners typically begin Yoga for physical reasons but stick with it for spiritual reasons. We concluded with a basic definition of Yoga: Yoga is both a comprehensive system of human culture–physical, moral, and psychological–and... Read More

What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part I)

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

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Editor’s Note: Today, Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P. joins our team of writers. Father Ezra is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph and we are blessed to have his contributions on our site. Please welcome him warmly. Yoga is hands-down — toes-up — one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, including the United States. It is also controversial, eliciting strong reactions... Read More

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