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What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II

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

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

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

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

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

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?

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

Unraveling Yoga Madness Dan and Melissa discuss concerns and questions that surfaced in response to last week's episode on Yoga madness 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... Read More

Demon Possessed Through Yoga? – Divine Intimacy Radio

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

Yoga Series

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 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

Yoga and Religion (Part V)

November 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

Yoga and Religion (Part V) So far in this series, we have discussed the nature of Yoga in general (first post), and we have learned that it is rooted in Hindu beliefs about gods and goddesses who want to influence us (second post). Through further research, we saw that a philosophic Yoga suggests that the goal of the practice is union in a “higher reality” where distinctions among all things disappear,... Read More

The Yoga Trajectory: From the Body to the Infinite (Part IV)

October 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

The Yoga Trajectory: From the Body to the Infinite (Part IV) In the first post we discussed “What is Yoga?” In part two we learned about the polytheistic, Hindu roots of Yoga. And, in the third installment we saw that philosophic Yoga teaches that the goal of Yoga is union with a Supreme Reality, that is, it leads the practitioner to become dissolved into a “higher reality.” Once a person... Read More

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