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Personal Stories of Difficulties and Progress in Prayer

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa share their personal stories of difficulties and progress in prayer and how we can overcome these obstacles to God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How have Dan’s Into the Deep parish events impacted its participants? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Philippians chapter 1, verse 6, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work... Read More

How to Navigate the Channels of Discovery Prayer

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How to Navigate the Channels of Discovery Prayer Description: Dan and Melissa discuss how to navigate the channels of discovery prayer and how to best deal with various situations that arise in prayer. Topics/Questions covered on the show: If your prayer time has ended, what should you do if you are not finished with all five steps of discovery prayer? While praying, if the Lord blesses you with... Read More

Step Two of Discovery Prayer: Reflection

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa dissect Melissa’s prayer experience with the Parable of the Prodigal Son and apply it to the steps of discovery prayer, focusing on step two of discovery prayer: reflection. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Peter cast his net out into the deep when instructed by Jesus and was abundantly blessed. The same is true for our prayer lives. We must... Read More

Elements of Discovery Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa delve more deeply into the first steps and elements of discovery prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How should we enter into prayer? What prayers are best to begin our sacred time with God? Keep distracting electronic devices out of your prayer space. What is the best pace for saying vocal and/or mental prayer? Begin discovery prayer with the gospels. What... Read More

Discovery Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: Dan and Melissa reiterate the importance of prayer commitments, deepening the life of prayer, and the critical role of discovery prayer (Lectio Divina) in this process. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is practicing mental prayer important? What is the purpose of a prayer commitment? The first step of discovery prayer is reading a short passage of Scripture or spiritual reading. How... Read More

Introducing Discovery Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Introducing Discovery Prayer   Description: This week Dan and Melissa provide the layout for a successful experience in prayer by introducing discovery prayer (Lectio Divina). Topics/Questions covered in the show: The spiritual Doctors of the Church describe mental prayer as being essential to a successful prayer life. By praying discovery prayer with the Gospels, one will encounter Christ,... Read More

A Simple Method of Christian Meditation – How to Pray, Part IV

July 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer

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A Simple Method of Christian Meditation (How to Pray, Part IV)   In this series, we have seen that Meditation on Sacred Scripture is the preferred mental prayer of the Church and the saints; that Christian meditation is fundamentally different from non-Christian meditation; and, we’ve considered how to choose material to meditate on. Today I’d like to share with you a simple method... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Overview and Lectio Divina Guide

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Discernment of Spirits Overview … and a Guide to Lectio Divina Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast June 24, 2016   Description of the show: In this week’s broadcast, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson do an overview of the discernment of spirits.  In their discussion, they examine the characteristics of God working in the soul versus the characteristics of Satan attacking the soul.... Read More

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

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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

Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze

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Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze     How should we respond to experiencing God in prayer? What is “spiritual haze”, where does it come from, and how should we properly deal with it? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of St Peter of Alcántara in the book Finding God Through Meditation as they discuss answers to these questions in today’s show.   Topics/Questions... Read More

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