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Piety and Devotion

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Piety and Devotion Presence of God – O God, our Father, infuse into my soul the true spirit of piety and devotion. MEDITATION The Christian religion is not limited to the simple relations of the creature with the Creator, relations which, given the infinite distance between them, would remain only within the sphere of reverence and homage, without any character of intimacy, without any confidential... Read More

End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord

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End Your Long-Distance Relationship with the Lord   As a priest, people often talk to me about their lives and their problems.  Inevitably, I ask them how their relationship with God is.  I can usually tell from their response if they have a long-distance relationship with the Lord.  The language they use reveals that a deep, personal friendship with God is somewhat of a foreign concept. ... Read More

Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze

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Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze     How should we respond to experiencing God in prayer? What is “spiritual haze”, where does it come from, and how should we properly deal with it? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of St Peter of Alcántara in the book Finding God Through Meditation as they discuss answers to these questions in today’s show.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – What is Prayer?

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WHAT IS PRAYER? How does one get started in mental prayer? What are the imporatant elements to having a good prayer life? Dan and Melissa take on complexities of answering the question “What is prayer?” as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Answers to the question “What is prayer?” How... Read More

Making the Most of Advent

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Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons... Read More

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

Spiritual Warfare: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 23 Reflections

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Spiritual Warfare 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 23 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa diagnoses a spiritual warfare attack of the devil on a fellow nun. Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to this nun in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How does the devil attack us through temptation? St. Teresa diagnoses... 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

Finding a Relationship with God at the Avila Institute

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As staff, we hear over and over that the courses offered at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation are life-changing. This correspondence from a religious brother recently was inspiring for us to read. The brother wrote: I am beginning to believe that a relationship with God is actually possible. As we discussed God’s desire for us and the reason for our creation, I realized that God loves... Read More

What Exactly does Jesus Mean by “The Heart”? (Part II of II)

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Dear Father John, when I hear the readings at Mass, I hear Jesus talk about the heart all the time. But, what exactly does He mean? Editor’s Note: In the first part of this series, we explored what Jesus means by “the heart” and we talked about where our treasure is. Today, we will discuss the importance of continuing to seek the Lord, and how to know if we are learning to love God... Read More

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