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What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II

February 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer

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What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II Before we dig into how to pray, we need to clarify what we mean by “meditate.” Many people are surprised to hear the saints and the Church talk about meditation. To them, the word “meditation” evokes images of Buddha or TM (Transcendental Meditation) practitioners. Ironically, most people in the West are now more familiar... Read More

Posture during Mass and St Peter of Alcantara’s Preparation for Meditation

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Posture during Mass and Preparation for Meditation Posture during Mass and preparation for meditation. Why should we use the words of the saints when we are preparing for mental prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is posture in prayer important? How does Christian teaching on prayer posture... Read More

Living the Miraculous in a Time of Magic

November 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Healing, New Age

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Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic The Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation is excited to announce a new course, Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic, being offered beginning in January, 2016. This course will compare and contrast key aspects of Christianity in comparison with... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

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Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this... Read More

True Prayer – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Day 22 Reflections

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True Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 22 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss the impact of suffering on prayer and how to differentiate true prayer from manufactured prayer. Listen as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does suffering come from? Why does God allow suffering? Where... Read More

Can I Trust a Spiritual Director who Uses the Enneagram?

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Dear Dan, I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is a local Benedictine sister who is very nice and seems to be sincere. However, in our second session she asked if I would be interested in using an ancient tool of spiritual wisdom known as the enneagram to help me in my spiritual progress. I recall reading about... Read More

Unraveling Yoga Madness

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Unraveling Yoga Madness Dan and Melissa discuss concerns and questions that surfaced in response to last week’s episode where we explored several approaches and beliefs about Yoga along with recommended resources. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Clarification of listener concerns with Demon Possessed through Yoga? episode. Is yoga a “gateway spirituality”? Are there good,... Read More

Demon Possessed Through Yoga? – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Demon Possessed through Yoga?   A caller asked about the practice of yoga and its link to potential demonic activity. Dan and Melissa discuss a Catholic perspective on yoga, including the opinions of an exorcist and theologians. They also provide suggestions on alternatives to yoga for faithful Catholics. Show notes: Fr. Fortea, an exorcist and expert on possession, says that if you do not... Read More

Can I Trust Thomas Merton? (Part II of II)

February 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age

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Some time ago a reader asked if we recommend Thomas Merton’s work. We answered that question through the insights of a scholar of Asian history, a man who is fluent in Chinese language and culture and who understands Buddhism from a vantage point unavailable to most in the West. The scholar’s name is Dr. Anthony Clark. Here’s the link to my comments and his earlier treatment of this... Read More

Yoga Series

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Yoga Series A listing of posts on our site specifically on yoga and its history and dangers. Additional posts will be added as they are published.  Please check back on this site from time to time. Yoga Series Yoga Series by Fr. Ezra Sullivan: What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part I) What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part II): gods of Yoga Yoga gods divine Manifestations? Catholic Perspective... Read More

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