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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life

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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life   Description: This week, Dan and Melissa explain how tolerating distractions in the spiritual life can dissuade the enemy from discouraging us in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: It would be unrealistic to believe that we can be free from all distractions in prayer, so we must have strategies to tolerate them. How can we “gently” turn our thoughts... Read More

Prayer as a Battle – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss prayer as a battle and give strategies to combat the forces that interfere with progress in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is prayer referred to as “a battle” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Distractions can be a serious setback for those seeking to advance in prayer. What types of distractions are the most detrimental? What are some strategies... 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 it get easier to pray as we... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Distractions in Prayer & Methods of Prayer

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Distractions in Prayer and Methods of Prayer Finding God through Meditation Reflections     How can we overcome distractions in prayer? How do we recognize transitions in our prayer lives, and how should we respond to them? What methods of prayer can be helpful? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Finding God Through Meditation – St Peter of Alcantara & the Importance of Prayer

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St Peter of Alcantara and the Importance of Prayer Who was St Peter of Alcántara? What did he have to say about prayer? Join Dan and Melissa as they begin a discussion of his book Finding God Through Meditation, and answer a question from a listener about prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do I really need to set aside a specific time for prayer every day? How do ascetical practices help us in prayer? Can we train... Read More

Distractions in Prayer

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Distractions in Prayer Golden Lion Tamarin monkey, Adrian Pingstone, 30 July 2003, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons. What do giant trees and screaming monkeys have to do with praying? Dan and Melissa will tell you. Join them as they discuss reasons why we are distracted in prayer, and offer some strategies to deal with the distractions in prayer. “A Hermit Praying”, Gerrit Dou, between 1645 and 1675, PD-US author’s life plus... Read More

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life

November 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Humility, Prayer, Prayer Life, Trust in God, Webinar

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Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life My father was the first son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college but with hard work and tough lessons, he was able to retire by the age of 45. I learned a lot from him growing up. One principle that he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” He taught me to be scrappy in life and this scrappiness has also translated well to developing a healthy... Read More

Obstacles to prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 11 Reflections

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Obstacles to Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Day 11 Why are we tempted to stop praying, and what are the consequences of doing so? Dan and Melissa share some of St. Teresa of Avila’s thoughts on these topics as documented in her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does the temptation to stop praying come from? What are the biggest obstacles to... Read More

Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, Difficulties, Dryness in Prayer, Prayer

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If you feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers. Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came... Read More

How do I get Rid of my “inner ugliness?”

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Pride

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Dear Father John, I have been struggling with some interior trials with forgiveness, resentment and jealousy. I call this “inner ugliness.” I have been praying fervently, going to confession, and receiving excellent spiritual direction. I have been willing myself to be charitable even when I am not feeling it. So here is my question. What am I missing, why do I still feel “inner ugly”? How do I let go of... Read More

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