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Thanksgiving, Sacrifice, and Adoration – Part 8 Mini-Course on Prayer

July 26, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 8 “FATHER T” – Thanksgiving Thanksgiving, Sacrifice, and Adoration   Editor's Note: In Part 7 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters F (faith) and A (abandonment) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront of our lives. Today, he continues with the letters T... Read More

Eucharistic Adoration: A Window to Heaven

June 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Prayer

There is no monitor or video screen at eucharistic adoration, no figures or colors shifting across the screen. We simply sit and look at a round piece of bread encircled by light. That bread is the Body of Christ, the consecrated Host, before which countless Catholics gaze in rapt adoration throughout the world. Why? There is no action here: here the action is being, the very being of God. Martha goes... Read More

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation

Transitioning from Meditation to Contemplation What is the difference between meditation and contemplation? What does the transition between them look like? How will you know if you are ready for the transition, and how can you prepare for it? Dan and Melissa discuss when and how this transitioning from meditation to contemplation takes place as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation... Read More

Posture at Mass, St Peter of Alcantara’s Meditation Prep

Posture during Mass and Preparation for Meditation Posture during Mass and preparation for meditation. Why should we use the words of the saints when we are preparing for mental prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is posture in prayer important? How does Christian teaching on prayer posture... Read More

Prayer Difficulties & Importance of Prayer Posture

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church's guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does it get... Read More

Finding God through Meditation: What is Prayer?

WHAT IS PRAYER? How does one get started in mental prayer? What are the important 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... Read More

Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 17

Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 17 Reflections Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Today's letter reveals some of the Saint's personal tragedies and how she deals with them. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How suffering allows us to more fully experience joy. What is the relationship between... Read More

Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars

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ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the work of redemption, our loving Savior did not wish to leave us alone in this valley of tears. “No tongue,” says St. Peter of Alcántara, “can... Read More

The Adoration of the Magi

THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI “And when they had heard the King they went their way, and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with great joy. And going into the house they found the Child with Mary his Mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures they offered to... Read More

Our Lady’s Adoration

OUR LADY'S ADORATION “But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 1. We are more than justified in thinking that this sentence, repeated elsewhere of Our Lady by St. Luke, is intended to tell us something peculiarly characteristic of her. “It seems as if they were meant to imply that she was especially one of those souls whose great book from which they learn is... Read More

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