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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

What Should We Pray For? [Finding God Through Meditation]

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What should we pray for? In what order? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Petition This noble oblation being well performed, we may securely and confidently proceed to the asking of any gifts and graces. First, therefore, Almighty God is to be prayed to with inflamed charity and ardent zeal of his divine honor, for the conversion of all nations, that all people may be illuminated... Read More

Offering Ourselves to God [Finding God Through Meditation]

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What’s the best way to offer ourselves to God? How is it done? Why is it important? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Oblation Cordial thanks being given to God, presently the heart breaks naturally into that affection, which the kingly prophet David felt in himself, when he said: “What shall I render to our Lord, for all things that he hath rendered to me?” (Ps... Read More

The Role of Giving Thanks in Prayer [Finding God Through Meditation]

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What role does giving thanks play in meditation? How does it work? How should we approach it? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Giving Thanks After meditation follows giving of thanks, the occasion of which must be taken from the matter meditated upon. For example, if the meditation be of the Passion of our Savior, we must give thanks unto him, that he has redeemed us from... Read More

The Pain of Meditation [Finding God Through Meditation]

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about the pain of meditation? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Meditation After reading follows meditation, which is sometimes of such things as can be represented to our imagination: as the life and Passion of our Blessed Savior; the final judgment; hell; and the kingdom of heaven. Sometimes of such things as are subject rather... Read More

Distraction and Reading in Meditation [Finding God Through Meditation]

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about distraction and reading in meditation? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Reading After a due preparation follows reading those things that are to be meditated upon; that must not be too hasty, but mature, serious and quiet; to which the understanding must not only be attentive, to understand those things which are read, but... Read More

How to Prepare to Pray – Finding God Through Meditation

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say how you should prepare to pray? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of the Preparation Necessary to Prayer It will not be beside our purpose to handle all these parts severally; we will, therefore, first begin with preparation, which we did put first. He, therefore, who goes about to meditate, after he has placed his body after a decent... Read More

6 Things You Need for Prayer – Finding God Through Meditation

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What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about prayer and what you need to pray? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. 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... 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

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