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Finding God through Meditation – Mental Prayer & Centering Prayer

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St Peter of Alcantara on Mental Prayer Finding God through Meditation What is “centering prayer”? What did Sts Peter of Alcántara and Teresa of Avila teach about good prayer? Dan and Melissa reflect on the differences between good prayer and false prayer, as found in St Peter of Alcántara’s book Finding God through Meditation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are there incorrect... Read More

St. Teresa, should I strive to quiet my mind during prayer?

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Dear Saint Teresa, I have read a number of books on prayer that advocate methods of suppressing, shutting down, or eliminating thinking all together during prayer.  In one centering prayer book it said to “let your thoughts go” and that “thoughts are a normal part of prayer.” Even though the book claimed that it was not teaching to eliminate thoughts, in the end, the method... 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

Who can I Trust?

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

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About a decade before I converted to Catholicism, I was struggling with aridity. Former protestants can attest to the fact that there is little help in protestantism for this or any other significant malady in the realm of spiritual progress. So, I began searching, and I stumbled across a priest who had written on the topic. This priest provided me with the wisdom I needed – wisdom the Holy Spirit... Read More

What does the Vatican say about Centering Prayer?

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Centering Prayer: What the Vatican has to say about it Has the Vatican ever addressed the topic of Centering Prayer or the teachings commonly held by those who advocate or practice Centering Prayer? Yes, the approach to prayer commonly referred to “Centering Prayer” has been formally and specifically addressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (we provide the text of this... Read More

Centering Prayer (i.e. Keating, Menninger, Herington)

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Though this blog is primarily dedicated to positive teachings the spiritual life, from time to time there are issues that must be addressed that are not so positive. For in your in-depth review, we have provided links to several articles that address the challenges with “Centering” prayer. Though many attest that they have benefited from centering prayer (and have not necessarily sinned... Read More

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