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How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How important is perseverance in prayer and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life? What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe? Should we only read sacred Scripture... Read More

The Best Conditions for Daily Prayer

Where should we pray and how much time should we spend in prayer? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and how to determine the best circumstances for your daily prayer experience. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How can one benefit from having a designated prayer space in his or her home? How can icons or spiritual objects help us during our mental... 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 have trouble understanding... Read More

Establishing a Lasting Prayer Life

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author Connie Rossini about the necessities to establishing a lasting prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why does Fr. Philippe focus on having a strong faith as a necessary step to establishing a lasting prayer life? What role do feelings play in prayer? How can false humility drive us away from prayer? Why is perseverance important for spiritual growth? What... 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 the East? What does the Vatican... Read More

Contemplative Aridity

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about contemplative prayer and aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative aridity? How do you know that you are experiencing contemplative aridity? How should you respond to God when you are called to this state of prayer? How is contemplative prayer different from centering prayer? What happens during the simplicity and silence of contemplative... Read More

Properly Preparing for Lent

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about properly preparing for Lent. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When should we begin planning our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving? What are some examples of how we can strengthen our relationship with God through these practices? What are some resources to help us pinpoint our “root” sin? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com –... Read More

Pray the Rosary More Effectively

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini for a second interview about how to pray the rosary more effectively through her book The Contemplative Rosary (co-authored by Dan Burke). Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplative prayer? How is it different from vocal prayer? What are some signs that you may be experiencing contemplative prayer? How can vocal prayer and the rosary... Read More

Authentic Contemplative Prayer

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini about authentic contemplative prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is authentic contemplative prayer? Why did Connie start the authentic contemplative prayer group? Why do we need to bring clarity to the realm of spirituality? What are the top three problems with centering prayer? How should we begin a prayer routine? What is “affective... Read More

Praying the Rosary in a Renewed Way

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Throughout the centuries, there have been many variations of the Rosary as Christians adapted it to fit particular situations. In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Saint John Paul II proposed a renewed way of praying the Rosary, but he did not insist that everyone should use this new way. Instead, he desired to revitalize the Rosary for a new generation. Keep in mind this wise saying of Saint Teresa: “Do that which best stirs you to... Read More

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