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Choosing Material for Meditation. How to Pray – Part III

Choosing Material for Meditation How to Pray – Part III In this series, we have seen that the Church and the saints urge us to meditate on Sacred Scripture. We have distinguished between Christian meditation (which is meditating on or pondering something) and Eastern forms of meditation (which seeks altered states of consciousness, a state of “no-thought”). Today I want to help you... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Pt 1 Day 26

Heights of Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In today's episode on the heights of prayer, St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstasies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa's letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

Longing for the Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (III/IV)

The Three Ways: Longing for the Face of God Navigating the Interior Life (Part III of IV) In our first post of this series we covered an introduction to the concept of the three ways of the interior life. In part II we covered the first of the three ways. In this post we will continue to focus on a summary of the second phase, the Illuminative way. If you have not yet read the previous posts, you might... Read More

Questions about Contemplation

October 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

The encounter of contemplation is such an unexpected and memorable experience, shouldn't one be content with leaving it to God if it would ever be repeated? I see people trying centering prayer, Taize prayer, etc. to try to achieve it. It somehow seems wrong to try to ‘get' something that's purely a gift. Is acquired contemplation the same experience as infused contemplation? Books like the Interior... Read More

Self-knowledge and the spiritual life – Part I of III

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self-Knowledge

How are the brake lights on your car? Are they working properly? I have an experiment for you. Go out to your car all by yourself and try to verify that they are working. Back already? How did it go? Did you cheat and do the exercise in your head? That's OK, let's just go with it. The bottom line is this; in the normal course of life, you would never know that one of your brake lights was broken unless... Read More