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Introducing Discovery Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Introducing Discovery Prayer   Description: This week Dan and Melissa provide the layout for a successful experience in prayer by introducing discovery prayer (Lectio Divina). Topics/Questions covered in the show: The spiritual Doctors of the Church describe mental prayer as being essential to a successful prayer life. By praying discovery prayer with the Gospels, one will encounter Christ, who transforms the soul. Discovery... 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 covered in the show: How do... Read More

The Life of Prayer: The Sure Path to Freedom

October 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Freedom, Holy Spirit, Prayer

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The Life of Prayer: the sure path to freedom Christian prayer is a simple movement of the soul towards God. It is a movement of love, by which we cling to Him with the boldness of faith, trusting in his loving kindness. This movement of love is also a conversation, a heart to heart, in which He listens to all our concerns with the greatest of interest and in which He also shares the concerns of his heart with us. He actually... Read More

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

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I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It’s really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is a constant struggle for me,... Read More

Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

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Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Our Lady, Undoer of Knots by Johann Georg Schmidtner O Virgin Mary, Mother who never refuses to come to the help of your children in need, Mother whose hands never stop working for the welfare of your children, moved as they are by the loving mercy and kindness that exists in your Immaculate Heart, cast your compassionate and merciful eyes on me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. Oh... Read More

Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2704

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer, Vocal

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Catechism of the Catholic Church on Vocal Prayer Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2704 Because it is external and so thoroughly human, vocal prayer is the form of prayer most readily accessible to groups. Even interior prayer, however, cannot neglect vocal prayer. Prayer is internalized to the extent that we become aware of him “to whom we speak;”4 Thus vocal prayer becomes an initial form of contemplative... Read More

What is prayer? – Compendium – 534

June 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Compendium, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

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What is Prayer? — Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 534 Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God, or the petition of good things from Him in accord with His will. It is always the gift of God who comes to encounter man. Christian prayer is the personal and living relationship of the Children of God with their Father who is infinitely good, with His Son Jesus Christ, and with the... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2719

June 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer – Catechism Paragraph 2719 Contemplative prayer is a communion of love bearing Life for the multitude, to the extent that it consents to abide in the night of faith. The Paschal night of the Resurrection passes through the night of the agony and the tomb – the three intense moments of the Hour of Jesus which his Spirit (and not “the flesh [which] is weak”) brings to life in prayer. We... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2718

June 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Mental Prayer, Prayer, Prayer

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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer —  Paragraph 1718 Catechism – Contemplative Prayer Catechism – Contemplative prayer: Contemplative prayer is a union with the prayer of Christ insofar as it makes us participate in his mystery. The mystery of Christ is celebrated by the Church in the Eucharist, and the Holy Spirit makes it come alive in contemplative prayer so that our charity will manifest it in our acts.   + “A... Read More

Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2717

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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2717 Catechism of the Catholic Church – Contemplative Prayer Contemplative prayer is silence, the “symbol of the world to come” or “silent love.” Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love. In this silence, unbearable to the “outer” man, the Father speaks to us his incarnate Word, who... Read More

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