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Aridity, Prayer Methods, Examen Prayer

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about the best methods of prayer, about aridity, and the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: If there is limited time for silent prayer each day, what is the best way to pray during that time (Lectio Divina, spiritual reading, rosary, etc.)? What is aridity? How should one pray while experiencing aridity in... Read More

Obedience, Prayer Methods, Spiritual Consolations

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Obedience, Prayer, Show Notes

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

6 Things Needed for Prayer

6 Things Necessary for Prayer What does St Peter of Alcántara think are the 6 things necessary for prayer? How can we use the six things to begin a daily prayer routine? Listen as Dan and Melissa list and explain these six things, and continue their discussion of the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.     Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are some... Read More

Finding God through Meditation: What is Prayer?

WHAT IS PRAYER? How does one get started in mental prayer? What are the important elements to having a good prayer life? Dan and Melissa take on complexities of answering the question “What is prayer?” as they discuss the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Answers to the question “What is prayer?” How... Read More

Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? (Part I of III)

August 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Prayer, Silence

 Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? Part I of III Today I want to begin discussing misconceptions about the place of silence in prayer growth. Since we desire contemplation, should we sit still in prayer and wait for it? Should we try to make it happen by quieting our minds? This three-part series speaks to the differences between Carmelite teaching and Centering Prayer, yoga, and other types of... Read More

St. Teresa, Should I Strive to Quiet My Mind During Prayer?

Dear Saint Teresa, I have read a number of books on prayer that advocate methods of suppressing, shutting down, or eliminating thinking altogether during prayer.  In one centering prayer book, it said to “let your thoughts go” and that “thoughts are a normal part of prayer.” Even though the book claimed that it was not teaching to eliminate thoughts, in the end, the method... Read More

What does the Vatican say about Centering Prayer?

Centering Prayer: What the Vatican has to say about it Has the Vatican ever addressed the topic of Centering Prayer or the teachings commonly held by those who advocate or practice Centering Prayer? Yes, the approach to prayer commonly referred to “Centering Prayer” has been formally and specifically addressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (we provide the text of this... Read More