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Ascetical Theology, Finding a Spiritual Director, Distractions in Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and dealing with distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is ascetical theology? What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology? What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross? Is... Read More

Distractions, Prayer Postures, Spiritual Perfection

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Perfection, Prayer, Show Notes

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

Prayer Distractions, the Rosary, Trusting God

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Rosary, Show Notes, Trust in God

Struggling with Prayer Distractions, Praying the Rosary & Trusting God   Description Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about overcoming distractions in prayer, praying the rosary, and trusting God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we become more disciplined in prayer? How can we avoid becoming distracted while praying the rosary? While praying the rosary, should we... 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

Finding God through Meditation: Prayer Methods & Distractions

Distractions in Prayer and Methods of Prayer Finding God through Meditation Reflections     How can we overcome distractions in prayer? How do we recognize transitions in our prayer lives, and how should we respond to them? What methods of prayer can be helpful? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Distraction and Reading in Meditation 

Distraction and Reading in Prayer - SD Finding God through Meditation - SpiritualDirection.com

What does Peter of Alcántara have to say about distraction and reading in meditation? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from Finding God Through Meditation. Of Reading After a due preparation follows reading those things that are to be meditated upon; that must not be too hasty, but mature, serious and quiet; to which the understanding must not only be attentive, to understand those things... Read More

How can I better prepare for prayer and meditation?

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Dear Father John, in the first part of your book, The Better Part, you mention something about preparing for tomorrow’s meditation the night before. I also heard that mentioned by a priest giving us a talk during a retreat. Can you explain this a little bit more? What do you mean, exactly, and is that something just for religious and priests, or should I be doing it too? It seems to me that your... Read More

Video – Struggling with distractions in prayer

March 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Videos

Struggling with Distractions in Prayer Since this has been our most popular video to date,  I thought I should send it again. Please forward along to email and Facebook friends who might be blessed by insight on how to overcome this universal challenge. In this video, Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about how we can better understand and overcome distractions in prayer. Father John and Dan Burke... Read More

Struggling with Rosary: Where Should Attention be During Rosary?

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Rosary

Dear Dan, I used to pray the Rosary daily, but lately I have become frustrated with it and am confused about where my attention should be focused while praying it. One Hail Mary, I find myself meditating on how painful it must have been for Jesus to be scourged at the pillar, and what great love it took for him to tolerate that for our sake. However, during that prayer, I was not paying attention to... Read More

Am I being self-absorbed when praying for spiritual growth?

April 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Can praying for spiritual growth indicate being self absorbed? I am troubled by my intercessory prayer. I pray quite a bit for others but, I also pray a lot for myself. I pray that I grow in faith, that I love and see others as Christ sees them, etc. Still, I wonder if I am too focused on self. These thoughts have become distractions in prayer and in Mass. In Mass, as I was thinking on this, I... Read More

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