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Stop Worrying & Start Living

Stop Worrying & Start Living   Description: When we are filled with anxiety and fear, how can we escape these debilitating emotions? Today, Dan and Melissa sit down with author and speaker, Gary Zimak, for a special interview on his new book Stop Worrying & Start Living to help listeners attain a sense of peace in a troubled world. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration... Read More

Are You on the Path to Holiness?

for post are you on the path to holiness?

The upcoming Fall Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a Graduate Program course on Introduction to Spiritual Theology taught by Dr. Joseph Hollcraft. You can sign up for this course or Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering by applying for the Graduate Studies Program. Are you on the path to holiness? Everyone is Called to Grow in Holiness Avila Institute Graduate Program in Spiritual... Read More

Go to Hell or Go to Prayer (Video)

Go to Hell or Go To Prayer “Go to hell or go to prayer” is a striking title for a post but it is not an overstatement. Why is it that Saints and Doctors of the Church Teresa of Avila and Alphonsus Liguori believe that without daily mental prayer we will go to hell and with daily mental prayer we are assured of heaven? On the surface, these claims seem to be a bit over the top. How can they... Read More

How to Set Up a Sacred Space (Video)

How to Set Up a Sacred Space In this video, I further explore one of the secrets of the saints regarding how we can better engage in prayer. The idea of the sacred is lost in our time but that doesn't have to hold us back in restoring this powerful reality in our own homes. When we do this we will find that just as with beautiful architecture, we can speak truth to our bodies and thus be drawn more... Read More

Finding Hope and Healing in Prayer (Video)

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Finding Hope and Healing in Prayer (Video) Can we really be made new again? Is there really hope for me, a sinner? Can we know peace in these tumultuous times? These are difficult questions but the answer to each is a resounding YES. This is why Jesus came, to draw us into the reality of peace and healing that only comes through relationship with Him. This relationship begins in the sacraments but... Read More

Time for God — Fr Jacques Philippe’s Classic on Mental Prayer

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Mental Prayer, Nancy HC Ward, Prayer

Time for God Father Jacques Philippe's Classic on Mental Prayer   Time for God by Jacques Philippe is about mental prayer. Facing God in solitude and silence for a time, to enter into intimate, loving communication with him. I read this as a participant in a group study initiated by my covenant community, with talks each Sunday on the five chapters of this small but dynamic book. It is a resource... Read More

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

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 covered... Read More

Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze

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

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation... Read More

Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray, Examining Spontaneous Prayer

The Importance of Saints, Teaching Children to Pray and Examining Spontaneous Prayer Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are... Read More

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