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Finding God Through Meditation – Week 1 of 7

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Finding God Through Meditation (Week 1 of 7)

Welcome back! After a brief sabbatical allowing everyone to get their “fall” activities underway, we are back and very excited to begin the latest addition to Dan Burke's Navigating the Interior Life Series, Finding God Through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcántara.

Since I've shared the blurb on the back of the book in past weeks, today I thought I'd share some of the praise for Finding God through Meditation:

Allows the reader to share in the experience of the Saints who are masters of prayer. – Most Rev. John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark

Of timeless significance and of great value. The reader will feel compelled to return to this book time and time again to grasp the depth of Saint Peter's wisdom. – Fr. Sean O Sheridan, TOR, President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

St. Teresa of Avila's struggles to describe her mystical experiences to spiritual directors who did not understand led her finally to Peter of Alcántara. We can now, like Teresa, sit at the feet of this master on prayer. – Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD, Institute of Carmelite Studies and Vice Postulator for the Canonization of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

A treasure box full of riches. Desperately need in this day and age. – Jennifer Fulwiler, Author, Writer and Atheist Convert to Catholicism.


Following is our prospective reading schedule:


Week                           Discussion                            Assignment

10/6 Week One            Book Announcement             Introduction; Ch. 1

10/13 Week Two          Introduction; Ch. 1                 Chapter 2-3

10/20 Week Three       Chapter 2-3                            Chapter 4-6

10/27 Week Four         Chapter 4-6                            Chapter 7

11/3 Week Five            Chapter 7                               Chapter 8

11/10 Week Six            Chapter 8                               Appendix

11/17 Week Seven       Appendix                               No Assignment

We look forward to discussing this book over the next several weeks!  Please join us and share your thoughts!

Happy Reading!!!


Reading Assignment:

Introduction; Chapter 1

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you heard of Saint Peter of Alcántara?  If so, what can you tell us about him?

2. Please feel free to share any comments you have about your experience with the book club thus far. Will this be the first time you've participated – if so, how did you hear about us? If you've been with us for a while, what was your favorite book or topic of discussion? Please keep in mind that your suggestions and comments are always appreciated!

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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