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My Appetite for Information is Endless: Is Curiosity Bad?

Dear Father John, Many spiritual writers and saints have cautioned against excessive curiosity. Why is this? Curiosity leads to knowledge and knowledge is a virtue. So how can curiosity be bad? I am very curious and love to learn about anything and everything. God's great universe is endlessly fascinating and the more I learn and experience, the more reverence I have for God the Creator. So…... Read More

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer   “A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.” Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted. “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said. We are humans not robots, so complete mental focus is not ours to be had but sitting in Mass or to set aside time for prayer and... Read More

Distractions, Prayer Postures, Spiritual Perfection

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about distractions in prayer, seeking perfection in the spiritual life and prayer postures. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we keep our minds from wandering during prayer? Can we attribute any of these distractions to God? Should we separate mental prayer from our petitions? Are distractions sinful? What should... Read More

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” – EWTN Bookmark Show

November 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Connie Rossini, Dan Burke, Liz Estler, Prayer, Rosary, Videos

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” EWTN Bookmark Show Dan Burke Hello faithful readers! Today, we are pleased to present a terrific treat. We're going to eavesdrop on Doug Keck's EWTN Bookmark show interview of the prolific and peripatetic Dan Burke. This delightful episode is all about Dan's latest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila, which... Read More

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress   I've been struggling greatly with distraction in prayer – more so now than I have in years. Does this temptation often come as we progress in the spiritual life (especially with the night of sense)? Distractions can come from different causes.  As we begin to engage in mental prayer (and “beginnings” can last for years), distractions can... Read More

Obedience, Prayer Methods, Spiritual Consolations

Obedience, Prayer Methods, and Spiritual Consolations   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about prayer methods, obedience to Church teaching, and spiritual consolations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: When time is limited, what is the best way to pray when we are given so many options in the Church such as the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, Lectio Divina,... Read More

A Mind at Peace in the Age of Distraction

A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction   Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they offer solutions to our culture's technologically obsessed world by speaking with Dr. Christopher Blum about his book A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration/motivation for the... Read More

Prayer at the End of Morning Prayer Time

August 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

Prayer at the End of Morning Prayer Time Thank You for Your love and Your grace in allowing me this time of prayer with You this morning. The world, the flesh, and the devil would all propose what I should focus on and run after today. I beg You to help me, instead, to know Your will. Help me to see what You desire of me each moment of this day. Give me the wisdom, strength and fortitude I need to... Read More

How Do We Avoid Distractions In Prayer?

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa reflect on God's intense, personal love for each individual soul and answer the question: “How do we avoid distractions in prayer?” Topics/Questions covered in the show: Reflections on the pure, unconditional, personal love with which the Creator formed each, unique human being. A life filled with earthly wealth may lead to comfort, but a humble life... Read More

Recall the Christ’s Passion on Good Friday

Description: Dan and Melissa strongly recommend watching The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday evening to more effectively meditate on the brutal reality that Our Lord entered into to redeem the world. Raising of the Cross by James Tissot Topics/Questions covered in the show: Having a visually realistic portrayal of the event of our Lord’s Passion and death to meditate upon. Mary’s role in... Read More

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