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The Transition from Meditation to Contemplation

What is really happening when it feels like God is distancing Himself from us in our prayer lives? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the transition from meditation to contemplation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How is prayer progressive in its nature?
  • Our goal with prayer is union with God.
  • Why do most people have trouble understanding the transition from meditation to contemplation?
  • When God offers us consolations, we can begin to attach feelings to prayer, which can be problematic.
  • In the Ignatian tradition, St. Ignatius says that when you are in consolation, the key to being appropriately oriented is humility, and when in desolation, it's trust because we can falsely attribute the graces we receive to our good actions.
  • transitionGod is always working on our souls during our prayer time.
  • How does God work in our souls if we can't feel it?
  • What does Fr. Philippe mean when he talks about having been “wounded by God” rather than necessarily being healed?
  • God always keeps us seeking. The closer we get to God, the more distant we feel.
  • What is the “passive night of the senses”?
  • Why shouldn't we seek a “spiritual high” in prayer?


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those people seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Every week our co-hosts Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching, including prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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