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Aridity and Contemplation

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Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, but it also brings us to a higher form of prayer. St. John of the Cross teaches that it is by means of this kind of aridity that God calls souls to a simpler... Read More

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 by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions... Read More

Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom

December 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Prayer

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Hearing the Call of the Bridegroom “Let me see you, let me hear your voice.”  These final days of Advent lift our hearts to the coming of Christ and are meant to move us to pray.  How can we not make prayer part of our lives when we consider what it means that the Word of the Father came in history and what it means that Jesus continues to come to us in mystery?  To help us feel this in our souls, to help us raise... Read More

A Contemplation that Hears Heaven

September 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Prayer

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A Contemplation that Hears Heaven Beyond every psychological experience in prayer, however enlightened it might be, there is a contemplation of the Gospel of Christ rooted in a whole new outpouring of truth. This ceaseless outpouring of love on broken humanity is always new because the Word of the Father, though unchanging, is never old. His voice echoes with unique and unrepeatable harmony – the harmony that causes all things... 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 does contemplative prayer... Read More

From Mystical Premonitions to Contemplation

July 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Contemplation, David Torkington, Prayer

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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 do respond in a unique way.”... Read More

Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 17 reflections

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Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 17 Reflections Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Today’s letter reveals some of the Saint’s personal tragedies and how she deals with them. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How suffering allows us to more fully experience joy. What is the relationship between contrast and clarity... 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 discouraged because of distractions... Read More

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer

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Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer “These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter to engage your mind devoutly. But note that meditation, if it be well performed, ought to consist of six parts; some of which go before, others follow mental prayer. Preparation: First, before we apply ourselves to meditation, it is... Read More

Contemplation & Meditation Lies: Peter of Alcantara, Teresa of Avila

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In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St. Teresa that the Catechism of the Catholic Church poses the question, “What is contemplative... Read More

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