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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

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

The Power of Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative prayer has immense power against all kinds of evil. This silent movement of the heart unveils self-contradictions and rash judgments that threaten one's own integrity and, at the same time, this vulnerability to God is healing balm for the integrity of others. This deep stillness of spirit allows God to establish one's whole being in His very Presence so deeply that one cannot remotely... 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

Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer

October 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer  One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt... Read More

What is spiritual gluttony? Dan Burke answers on new episode of Divine Intimacy Radio.

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about prayer, distractions at Mass, conversation with God, spiritual gluttony and the timeline of spiritual progress. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does “let us bless the Lord” mean the Liturgy of the Hours? What should we do when we are distracted at Mass after receiving Holy Communion? St. Teresa of Avila says prayer... Read More

Avila Institute Fall Courses

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Avila Institute Fall Courses    Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor (SSF 250)   Too often, our modern minds consider St. Thomas Aquinas to be something of a rigid and sterile academic. Nothing could be further from the truth. His piercing intellectual receptivity, his child-like purity, and his poetic intuition are just a few reasons the Church lifts him up as Her Common and Angelic... Read More

Mystical Premonitions: Part 14 Mini-Course on Prayer

October 4, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Section 2  Christian Meditation Part 14 – Mystical Premonitions   Editor's Note: In Part 13, David Torkington discussed Genuine Christian Meditation and its Counterfeit. Today, he will talk about Mystical Premonitions.   Guido the Carthusian After the Reformation, a new terminology began to replace the older monastic terminology for the beginning of mental prayer... Read More

What Mary Does for Priests

September 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Prayer, Prayers, Priests

What Mary Does for Priests   Most people are aware that Pope John Paul II credited Mary’s intercession for sparing his life when four bullets from a would-be assassin struck him while he was blessing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. A year to the day later, the pope placed one of those bullets in Mary’s crown at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal. This leaves little... Read More

New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode: Questions and Answers – Overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.

“St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.” Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about delving into the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: In what order should one read the writings... Read More

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