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Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction, Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God's Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello’s Writings?

Can I Trust the Writings of Fr Anthony de Mello? Who is Fr Anthony de Mello and can we trust his spiritual writings to lead us to a deeper union with Christ? Dan and Melissa discuss the problems with Fr de Mello’s influential spiritual guidance and the Catholic Church’s position on non-Christian teachings. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Melissa’s experience of spiritual consolation at... Read More

Prayer Need & Centering Prayer: Finding God through Meditation

Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing as... Read More

Finding God through Meditation – Mental Prayer & Centering Prayer

St Peter of Alcantara on Mental Prayer Finding God through Meditation What is “centering prayer”? What did Sts Peter of Alcántara and Teresa of Avila teach about good prayer? Dan and Melissa reflect on the differences between good prayer and false prayer, as found in St Peter of Alcántara's book Finding God through Meditation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Are there incorrect... Read More

Should We be Afraid of the Devil?

November 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Father Fortea, should we be afraid of the devil? The devil strives to do all the evil that he can, especially by tempting us to turn away from God through sin. If he could do more evil, he would. If a person prays the Rosary daily and asks God to protect him from all the snares of the Evil One, he has nothing to fear. The power of God is infinite; that of the devil is not. God, through His gift of... Read More

False Teachings on Prayer–Getting to the Root of the Problem

August 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

False Teachings on Prayer: the Root of the Problem My recent series on avoiding false teachings on prayer (Part I, II, III) drew much ire and fire from a number of readers. Yes, the series received an amazing response with respect to the number that read it – approximately 20,000 pageviews – and you passed it along on your Facebook pages more than 6,000 times. I am still in the midst of a series... Read More