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Spiritual director recommended centering prayer: what should I do?


Dear Dan, I have recently sought the guidance of a Spiritual director which I would say was greatly influenced by your and Fr. John's suggestions. My concern is that my Spiritual Director has suggested Centering Prayer. I'd appreciate it if you can share your thoughts on that. Thanks. First things first – I am greatly encouraged by your steps toward deepening your faith through spiritual direction! With respect to your question,... 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 important document below).... Read More

Time for God – Book Recommendation

January 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer

Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe: Book Recommendation Someone once said that true genius is not in understanding complexity but in the ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms that anyone can understand. Father Jacques Philippe accomplishes in a very short easy read what most require volumes to explore and explain about the spiritual life, and specifically the life of prayer. Father Philippe begins this fantastic... Read More

Finding a spiritual director – watch out for confused sheep…

Foundational to any sound spiritual direction is the idea that there actually is a tangible direction to discover.  That is, the practice presumes that spiritual truth is an expression of objective reality – just as objective and real as a map of your own hometown.  For instance, if you asked someone to give you directions to the Cathedral and you ended up at the town dump, you would clearly know that something was amiss.... Read More

Centering Prayer (i.e. Keating, Menninger, Herington)

June 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Centering Prayer, Church Documents, Dan Burke, Prayer

Though this blog is primarily dedicated to positive teachings the spiritual life, from time to time there are issues that must be addressed that are not so positive. For in your in-depth review, we have provided links to several articles that address the challenges with “Centering” prayer. Though many attest that they have benefited from centering prayer (and have not necessarily sinned in so doing); those who were... Read More

Recommendation: Fr Thomas Dubay’s “Fire Within”

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer


Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel–On Prayer by Father Thomas Dubay Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay is a fantastic and engaging work of synthesis and systematization of the thought of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross on mystical contemplation. One of the more encouraging aspects of this book is the truth that the call to contemplation... Read More

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