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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 covered... Read More

Book Recommendation for Lent

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Dear Friends, As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent. There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious about the growing in prayer and the interior life: St. Peter of Alcántara’s Finding God Through Meditation: I was deeply blessed to edit and update this translation of... Read More

Reflections on Finding God through Meditation – Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer

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Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing as centering prayer? Can... 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 does Jesus’ humanity help... 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 ways to pray? What did... 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

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

The Power of Prayer

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The Power of Prayer Power of prayer: By prayer the soul is cleansed from sin, replenished with charity, confirmed in faith, strengthened, and refreshed in spirit. Prayer establishes the inward man, pacifies the heart, knows the truth, conquers temptations, expels sorrow, renews the senses, stirs up languishing virtue, puts to flight tepidity, and scours the rust of vices. In prayer, the quick sparkles of celestial desires are... Read More

Prayer Overcomes All

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The inestimable virtue of prayer is able to obtain all good, and remove all hurtful things. If thou wilt patiently endure adversity, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt overcome tribulation and temptations, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt trample upon thy perverse inclinations, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt know the deceits of Satan, and avoid them, be a man of prayer. If thou wilt live joyfully in the work of God, and trace the... 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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