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A Lesson From My Father: Part 19 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 8, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Mental Prayer, Prayer Life

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 19 – A Lesson From My Father Editor's Note: in part 18, David Torkington discussed the need to carve out time and space to pray, and how we know God through love, not through knowledge alone.  This week he reminds us that those short, fervent prayers said throughout the day saturate our lives with love.   I never spoke to my father about his spiritual life, or... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step.” And remember... Read More

Encountering God in Prayer & Deepening Your Prayer Life

February 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Prayer Life, Show Notes

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life How encountering God in prayer and deepening your prayer life can impact your life everyday. Why is the desire to have a relationship with God important? Dan and Melissa discuss their own encounters with God in prayer and scripture, and answer some listener questions. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to be “awake to God”? How... Read More

Using Chant to Help Your Prayer Life

November 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Music, Prayer, Prayer Life

Using Chant to Help Your Prayer Life - SpiritualDirection.com

Using Chant to Help Your Prayer Life I was driving home alone from Mass recently and experienced a rare post-Mass time of silence and reflection. Out of habit, I plugged my iPhone into the charger and, as usual, the car radio began to play a random music selection from my phone. Even though this always happens, I wasn’t paying attention or expecting this because my mind was elsewhere. Then I noticed the music. It was an extraordinarily... Read More

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life

November 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Humility, Prayer, Prayer Life, Trust in God

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life My father was the first son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college but with hard work and tough lessons, he was able to retire by the age of 45. I learned a lot from him growing up. One principle that he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” He taught me to be scrappy in life and this scrappiness has also translated well to developing a healthy... Read More