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Dangerous Mindfulness

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Susan Brinkmann about her book A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness to discover the truth about this increasingly popular, but dangerous practice. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why was it necessary to enlist the help of experts on Eastern religions to write this book? What is mindfulness? Where did it originate? Can the Buddhist influence on mindfulness be separated... Read More

An Exorcist and a Journalist Explore Eastern Meditation and Mindfulness

Should a Catholic Practice Mindfulness? Eastern meditation techniques are a growing fad to relax and alleviate stress and anxiety.  Some of it has even slipped into corners of the Church presented as something that can co-exist with Catholic spirituality. But according to an exorcist and an author on A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, such meditations are contrary to the Catholic faith and neither healthy nor even harmless. Father... Read More

Mindfulness and Catholic Mystical Tradition (Video)

February 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Dan Burke, Meditation, Mindfulness, New Age, Videos

Mindfulness and Catholic Mystical Tradition Is mindfulness a helpful practice and should a Catholic participate in in it? In this video Dan Burke compares mindfulness to Catholic mystical tradition and reveals the best way for Catholics to understand this practice. He also reveals the path they should take as they seek to deepen their faith and be more present to God and those whom He has placed in their care. Dan will also answer... Read More

Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? Update (Part II of II)

This past week I ran into a man from India and I asked him about the popularity of the writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello in India. His answer was a bit distressing so I decided to offer a second post that contains more insight from Pope Benedict the XVI on de Mello's writings (he was Cardinal Ratzinger when he wrote what you will find below).  What you will find below are two things: The original warning issued by the Congregation... Read More

Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and Their Links) By Various Authors on SpiritualDirection.com

January 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Demonology, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

A Comprehensive List of Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and their Links) by Various Authors on SpiritualDirection.com POSTS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS:   Posts by Father John Bartunek: Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Introduction to Spiritual Warfare – Part I Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part II Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part III – What is the devil up to? Introduction to Spiritual Warfare ... Read More

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

October 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age, Prayer

Centering Prayer's Misunderstanding of Contemplation The following is an excerpt from Connie's new book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF. This excerpt comprises Chapter Five: The Nature of Contemplation.   Fr. Keating writes, “Contemplation is a fundamental constituent of human nature and hence available to every human being.”[1] This is a serious error. It makes contemplation... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

September 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this post we'll take an in-depth look... Read More

Can I Trust a Spiritual Director who Uses the Enneagram?

Dear Dan, I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is a local Benedictine sister who is very nice and seems to be sincere. However, in our second session she asked if I would be interested in using an ancient tool of spiritual wisdom known as the enneagram to help me in my spiritual progress. I recall reading about this tool in a Vatican document... Read More

Unraveling Yoga Madness

April 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Meditation, Melissa Elson, Yoga

Unraveling Yoga Madness Dan and Melissa discuss concerns and questions that surfaced in response to last week's episode on Yoga madness where we explored several approaches and beliefs about Yoga along with recommended resources. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Clarification of listener concerns with Demon Possessed through Yoga? episode. Is yoga a “gateway spirituality”? Are there good, healthy Catholic alternatives... Read More

Demon Possessed Through Yoga?

Demon Possessed through Yoga?   A caller asked about the practice of yoga and its link to potential demonic activity. Dan and Melissa discuss a Catholic perspective on yoga, including the opinions of an exorcist and theologians. They also provide suggestions on alternatives to yoga for faithful Catholics. Show notes: Fr. Fortea, an exorcist and expert on possession, says that if you do not have the intent for a malevolent... Read More

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