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From Meditation to Contemplation

April 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: We must have an understanding of the transition from meditation to contemplation in order to cooperate with God. How can someone advance in the spiritual life if they have trouble meditating? Meditating is both thinking about Scripture... 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

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

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Challenges, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Pope, Prayer

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer, and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to Him? How does one begin contemplative... Read More

Why is Contemplative Prayer So Important?

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Kristin Aebli, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor What are the three types of prayer? There are three types of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. Vocal prayer can include basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc. and also the words in our mind that we share with God. However, vocal prayer is not enough to sustain a growing relationship with God because we actually need to speak with Him through another... Read More

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Charlie McKinney, Contemplation, Prayer

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God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship with the Lord. In the last weeks of her short life, after suffering... Read More

Listen for Jesus in Peaceful Silence

February 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Charlie McKinney, Contemplation, Prayer, Silence

Listen for Jesus in Peaceful Silence At first glance, one may think that speech is superior to silence and that we communicate with Jesus by speaking and singing. Is not Heaven the eternal abode of contemplation and of love? And in Heaven, one sings without ceasing. Isaiah and St. John listened to the new canticle of glory: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts,” which the blessed never cease singing day or night. Why,... Read More

Aridity and Contemplation

Aridity and Contemplation Presence of God – Draw me to You, O Lord, by the road You choose and in any way You will; I ask only for grace to know how to follow You always. MEDITATION The aridity which comes from God not only has the advantage of making us go forward in virtue, but it also brings us to a higher form of prayer. St. John of the Cross teaches that it is by means of this kind of aridity that God calls souls to a simpler... Read More

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