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Contemplative Prayer & Non-Christian Eastern Meditation

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author Connie Rossini about the differences between Christian contemplative prayer and non-Christian Eastern meditation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the promised results of non-Christian Eastern meditation? Is is possible that non-Christian Eastern meditation can lead to demonic possession? What is the focus of prayer methods of... Read More

Contemplative Aridity

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about contemplative prayer and aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative aridity? How do you know that you are experiencing contemplative aridity? How should you respond to God when you are called to this state of prayer? How is contemplative prayer different from centering prayer? What happens during the... Read More

Authentic Contemplative Prayer

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini about authentic contemplative prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is authentic contemplative prayer? Why did Connie start the authentic contemplative prayer group? Why do we need to bring clarity to the realm of spirituality? What are the top three problems with centering prayer? How should we begin a... 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

Knowing Your Sins; Meditating More Effectively

Questions on Knowing Your Sins and How to Meditate More Effectively How can we become more aware of our sins? How does our disposition help us to meditate more effectively? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do I find myself unaware of how I've offended... 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 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

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

Centering Prayer's Misunderstanding of Contemplation The following is an excerpt from Connie's new book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF. This excerpt comprises Chapter Five: The Nature of Contemplation.   Fr. Keating writes, “Contemplation is a fundamental constituent of human nature and hence available to every human being.”[1] This is... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this... Read More

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