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Can my care, be considered a prayer?

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the Avila Institute's High Calling Program, holiness, caring for a sick spouse and talking during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Avila Institute's High Calling Program? What should we do when we are impatient when asking God to make us holy? When one cares for a sick spouse and cannot pray, is the care being... Read More

Mental and Emotional Paralysis: Part 16 Mini-Course on Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 16 -Mental and Emotional Paralysis   Editor's Note: In part 15, David Torkington introduced the wisdom of a hermit regarding meditation.  Today, he continues with the hermit's words on the immense fruits of meditation which come after dry beginnings. It is rare that we have the privilege of speaking to a bona fide hermit about our prayer... Read More

What is contemplative prayer?

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about contemplative prayer, practicing the presence of God, living out a holy marriage, and performing penance. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplative prayer? What is the best way to practice the presence of God? When someone is in an unequally yoked marriage, how can they best reach out to their spouse and live out their... Read More

A Hermit at Prayer: Part 15 Mini-Course on Prayer

October 11, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 15 -A Hermit at Prayer   Editor's Note: In part 14, David Torkington discussed Mystical Premonitions.  Today, he shares the wisdom of a hermit on the importance of silence and how to meditate on the Gospels. In the following example of a hermit at prayer you can see how traditional meditation comes to its high point in silence. It is... Read More

From Meditation to Contemplation – Part 12 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 13, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 12 – From Meditation to Contemplation   Editor's Note: In Part 11, David Torkington introduced Christian meditation. Today, he will talk about Lectio Divina, love as the ground of our being, and discuss some aspects of meditation.   In vocal prayer, despite the time given to brief moments of silence, we have been doing most... Read More

Introducing Christian Meditation – Part 11 Mini-Course on Prayer

September 6, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2 Part 11 – Introducing Christian Meditation   Editor's Note: In Part 10, David Torkington concluded the first section of his prayer series by summarizing the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for daily prayer. Today, he begins the second section of his prayer series as an introduction to Christian meditation. Authentic Christian Meditation The... Read More

The Transition from Meditation to Contemplation

What is really happening when it feels like God is distancing Himself from us in our prayer lives? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How is prayer progressive in its nature? Our goal with prayer is union with God. Why do most people... Read More

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

From Meditation to Contemplation

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: We must have an understanding of the transition from meditation to contemplation in order to cooperate with God. How can someone advance in the spiritual life if they have trouble meditating? Meditating is... Read More

God is With Us: How Jesus Opens to Man the Presence of the Father

April 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Presence

God is with Us: How Jesus Opens to Man the Presence of the Father The Lord died and arose from the dead to a new life of an absolutely Godlike character. It was that life that was suddenly and mysteriously illuminated for a moment on Mount Tabor. When He was on His way to Jerusalem, where He was to suffer, this Godlike essence blazed up from hidden depths. True enough, it was only for one short... Read More

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