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Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

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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

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

From Mystical Premonitions to Contemplation

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From Mystical Premonitions to Contemplation Sometime ago, I was speaking about what I called mystical premonition, or touches of God, when one of the audience asked, “Are we talking about something that is a particularly Christian experience, or does everyone experience God’s touch?” “It’s for everyone,” I replied emphatically. “God loves everyone, not just Christians, but Christians... Read More

Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 9 & 10 Reflections

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Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 9 & 10 Reflections Spiritual direction and spiritual aridity are the topics today as Dan and Melissa discuss letters written by St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Find your core spirituality with the help of a good spiritual director. How is the soul like the weather? How not to become... Read More

Wisdom on Mental Prayer – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Day 8

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Wisdom on Mental Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 8 “Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation.” – St. Teresa of Avila. Dan and Melissa look at progressive development in prayer and the spiritual life as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila and her wisdom on mental prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

Prayer of Simplicity – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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Prayer of Simplicity Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Prayer of Simplicity – Meditation replaced by a purer, more intimate prayer consisting in a simple regard or loving thought on God, or on one of His attributes, or on some mystery of the Christian faith. The soul peacefully attends to the operations of the Spirit with sentiments of love without require the use of mental effort... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part III of III)

November 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Prayer

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…a reader asks: Q: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path?   In the first part of this post, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part II of III)

November 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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…a reader asks: Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? In Part I, we discussed mental prayer in general, meditative mental prayer and the unity underneath the various prayer methods.... Read More

What is the “Prayer of Simplicity”? (Part I of III)

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Prayer of Simplicity: What is it? (Part I of III) Dear Father John, I’ve heard that the prayer of simplicity is a kind of a bridge from meditation to contemplation. Can you help me to understand what this experience of prayer might be and how one might know that God is leading them down that path? The term “prayer of simplicity” is used differently by different spiritual authors, so there is... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2715

May 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2715 Catechism of the Catholic Church – Contemplative Prayer Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus. “I look at him and he looks at me”: this is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to say while praying before the tabernacle. This focus on Jesus is a renunciation of self. His gaze purifies our... Read More

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