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Demonic Attacks – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 2

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Demonic Attacks 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 27 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa orders her brother, Lorenzo, to get some sleep. She also counsels him on how to deal with attacks of the enemy. Dan and Melissa discuss evil spirits and demonic activity as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LISTEN TO THE SHOW THROUGH THE PLAY BUTTON... Read More

The Prayer of Quiet: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 1

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The Prayer of Quiet 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 27, Part 1 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa continues her discussion with her brother, Lorenzo, on physical mortification and addresses his questions about transitioning into contemplative prayer. Dan and Melissa discuss “the prayer of quiet” and confronting temptations as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days... Read More

Ascetical Practice: 30 Days w Teresa of Avila: day 26 reflectn pt 2

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Ascetical Practice 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio When St. Teresa’s brother expressed a desire to practice physical mortification she gave him some spiritual direction. Dan and Melissa discuss ascetical practice, or acesis, and spiritual progress as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days w Teresa of Avila: Pt 1Day 26 Reflections

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Heights of Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In today’s episode on the heights of prayer, St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstasies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa’s letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of... Read More

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part II of III)

August 24, 2015 by  
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Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer Part II of III In part I of this series, I spoke about some ways that Centering Prayer and yoga propose sitting silently as a form of meditation or contemplation. Today I want to focus on St. Teresa of Avila’s teaching about silence during prayer. Did she teach the same thing as Fr. Thomas Keating and other Centering Prayer advocates, as they maintain? Silence... Read More

Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? (Part I of III)

August 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

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 Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? Part I of III Today I want to begin discussing misconceptions about the place of silence in prayer growth. Since we desire contemplation, should we sit still in prayer and wait for it? Should we try to make it happen by quieting our minds? This three-part series speaks to the differences between Carmelite teaching and Centering Prayer, yoga, and other types of... Read More

Contemplative Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections

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Contemplative Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss stages of prayer and the transitions between the stages, focusing particularly on contemplative prayer. Join them as they reflect on letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative prayer, or contemplation? How... Read More

Dark night or depression?

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Dear Carmelite Sisters, I am struggling with prayer – it is very dry and I feel very alone but I have not given up. I believe I am in the dark night but I am also melancholy by temperament. How can I discern what I am experiencing? I don’t have access to a spiritual director because of my remote location. Am I depressed or in the dark night or both? I know you can’t know everything... Read More

Contemplation and Meditation… What is the difference?

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Dear Father John, How is contemplation different than meditation? Contemplative prayer consists of a more passive (and more sublime) experience of God. If Christian meditation is the soul’s inspired quest to discover God (our work of seeking God), contemplation is God’s lifting of the soul into himself (God’s work of embrace), so that it effortlessly basks in the divine light. The... Read More

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