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Personal Stories: Difficulties & Progress in Prayer

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa share their personal stories of difficulties and progress in prayer and how we can overcome these obstacles to God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How have Dan’s Into the Deep parish events impacted its participants? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Philippians chapter 1, verse 6, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work... Read More

Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life

Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life   Description: This week, Dan and Melissa explain how tolerating distractions in the spiritual life can dissuade the enemy from discouraging us in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: It would be unrealistic to believe that we can be free from all distractions in prayer, so we must have strategies to tolerate them. How can we “gently”... Read More

Prayer as a Battle

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss prayer as a battle and give strategies to combat the forces that interfere with progress in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is prayer referred to as “a battle” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Distractions can be a serious setback for those seeking to advance in prayer. What types of distractions are the most detrimental? What... Read More

Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina – Step 2: Reflection

Description: This week Dan and Melissa dissect Melissa's prayer experience with the Parable of the Prodigal Son and apply it to the steps of discovery prayer, focusing on step two of discovery prayer: reflection. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Peter cast his net out into the deep when instructed by Jesus and was abundantly blessed. The same is true for our prayer lives. We must have the... Read More

Elements of Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

Description: This week Dan Burke and Melissa Elson delve more deeply into the first steps and elements of discovery prayer (or Lectio Divina) as explained in Dan's book Into the Deep. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How should we enter into prayer? What prayers are the best ones to begin our sacred time with God? Keep all distracting electronic devices out of your prayer space. What is the... Read More

Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

Description: Dan and Melissa reiterate the importance of prayer commitments, deepening the life of prayer, and the critical role of discovery prayer (also known as Lectio Divina) in this process. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is practicing mental prayer important? What is the purpose of a prayer commitment? The first step of discovery prayer is reading a short passage of Scripture or... Read More

Introducing Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

Introducing Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina   Description: This week Dan and Melissa provide the layout for a successful experience in prayer by introducing discovery prayer, also known as Lectio Divina. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The spiritual Doctors of the Church describe mental prayer as being essential to a successful prayer life. By praying discovery prayer with the Gospels,... Read More