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How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How important is perseverance in prayer and why?
  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life?
  • What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe?
  • Should we only read sacred Scripture during our mental prayer time or can we use other spiritual reading?
  • If our hearts are moved by a particular reading during our prayer time, but we must end our prayer time before we have finished reflecting on the reading, should we return to that same reading during our next mental prayer time?
  • sustainWhat does St. John of the Cross have to say about the cause of dryness in prayer?
  • What is the Jesus prayer and why does Fr. Philippe mention it?
  • How can the rosary act as a great tool for meditation?
  • At what age should one introduce children to mental prayer?


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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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