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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

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

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Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church’s guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does... Read More

Questions on Prayer – Part 2

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Questions on Prayer Part 2 Dan and Melissa answer more listener questions on prayer (click here for part 1). They discuss the benefits of a spiritual community to one’s prayer life, some specific meditation practices, advice we can take from the Saints and Mystics, and much more in “Questions on Prayer Part 2”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is there something wrong with me... Read More

Questions on Prayer – Part 1

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Questions on Prayer Part 1 Do you have questions on prayer? What causes aridity in prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss the topics of aridity and distractions in prayer. They also share some important aspects of their personal prayer routines and what they have learned in life about prayer in “Questions on Prayer Part 1”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we fight the feeling of... Read More

Bearing Persecution – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 29

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Bearing Persecution 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 29 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Are we bearing persecution in the right way? Learn from a saint how to respond to persecution. St. Teresa advises a Carmelite nun to avoid the temptation to indulge in righteous indignation in response to an accusation. Dan and Melissa reflect on a letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of... 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

Human Frailty – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 25

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Human Frailty 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 25 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we recognize temptations from the enemy when they are disguised as good works? What do our human frailties have to do with this? Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does God... Read More

Forming Our Emotions (Part II of II)

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Forming Our Emotions (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: In part I, we introduced the concept of educating or forming emotions and looked at the state of our emotions in the purgative way. Today, we will explore the differences in our emotions while we are in the two subsequent ways: the illuminative and unitive ways. Here is the question we are exploring: Dear Father John, My reactions to things... Read More

Are there Two Paths to Holiness?

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Are there Two Paths to Holiness? The other day while doing research for a blog post, I came across a discussion about Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle in a Catholic forum. One poster wrote that a holy priest told her that Teresa of Avila’s teaching was not meant for most lay people. This is the sort of comment that perturbs me. If the conversation hadn’t been a few years old, I would... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 4 of 5

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Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 4 of 5 Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 4 of 5 ~~ Dan Burke, President and Founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and author of Navigating the Interior Life, recently joined Johnnette Benkovic on Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in... Read More

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