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Now displaying: January, 2016
Jan 29, 2016

Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church's guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy?
  • Does it get easier to pray as we progress in the spiritual life?
  • Tips on developing a robust prayer habit.
  • How does the enemy try to disrupt your prayer life?
  • Are we required to kneel at Mass if it causes pain?
  • What does the act of kneeling at Mass signify?
  • Why do people prostrate themselves before the Lord?
  • Why is your posture in prayer important?
  • What are the Church's guidelines for kneeling and genuflecting?
  • Are there legitimate reasons for not observing the rubrics regarding kneeling and genuflecting?

Resources:

  • Divine Intimacy Radio on SpiritualDirection.com website
  • EWTN Religious Catalogue - online
  • Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • The Collected Works of St Teresa of Avila, Volume One - Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez. Contains Book of Her Life.
  • The Four Waters of Prayer, Part II of II - Post on SpiritualDirection.com by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
  • The three ways: purgative, illuminative, unitive -- Four part series on SpiritualDirection.com (all parts linked to each other)
  • Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God - Daniel Burke with Fr John Bartunek
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church - Part 4, Section 1, Chapter 3, Article 2: The Battle of Prayer
  • Rubrics - New Advent link
  • Why don't people kneel at Mass? - post by Dan Burke on SpiritualDirection.com
  • Ceremonial of BishopsA book that describes the Church services to be performed by Bishops of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • “A genuflection, made by bending only the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration, and is therefore reserved for the Blessed Sacrament, whether exposed or reserved in the tabernacle…” (CB 69)
    • "No one who enters a Church should fail to adore the blessed sacrament, either by visiting the blessed sacrament chapel or at least by genuflecting: Similarly, those who pass before the blessed sacrament genuflect, except when they are walking in procession." (CB 71)
  • Inaestimabile DonumInstruction Concerning Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery, Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship "The venerable practice of genuflecting before the Blessed Sacrament, whether enclosed in the tabernacle or publicly exposed, as a sign of adoration, is to be maintained. This act requires that it be performed in a recollected way. In order that the heart may bow before God in profound reverence, the genuflection must be neither hurried nor careless." (ID 26)
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 - "May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." - USCCB Bible link
  • Questions? Send an e-mail to Questions@myavila.com or call 818-646-7729.
Jan 22, 2016

Dan and Melissa answer more listener questions on prayer. They discuss the benefits of a spiritual community to one's prayer life, some specific meditation practices, advice we can take from the Saints and Mystics, and much more.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is there something wrong with me if I can't pray more than 10-15 minutes each day?
  • How can being involved in a community help your spiritual life?
  • To whom is the advice from mystics of the Church directed - beginners or the spiritually advanced?
  • How can I progress in meditating on the scriptures daily? Is there a plan I should follow?
  • How can a meditation practice, such as Lectio Divina, help me to encounter Christ?
  • Some aspects of Ignation meditation. How does it differ from Lectio Divina?
  • What should I do when I feel that God doesn't hear my prayers?

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Jan 15, 2016

Do you have questions on prayer? What causes aridity in prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss topics of aridity and distractions in prayer. They also share some important aspects of their personal prayer routines and what they have learned in life about prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we fight the feeling of not being engaged when we pray?
  • In what way is the soul like the weather?
  • What are some causes of aridity in prayer?
  • Dan shares some specific aspects of his personal prayer life.
  • Looking for God in our everyday life.
  • Prayer as a commitment to God.
  • What part do the sacraments play in prayer life?

Resources:

Jan 8, 2016

What does St Peter of Alcántara think are the six things necessary to prayer? How can we use the six things to begin a daily prayer routine? Listen as Dan and Melissa list and explain these six things, and continue their discussion of the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What are some ways to get through the difficult beginning period of developing a daily prayer routine?
  • Creative ways to pray when you are physically or mentally tired.
  • How can we prepare our mind and soul for prayer?
  • What does St Peter recommend we read after we prepare for prayer?
  • What are some things to meditate on when beginning a daily prayer routine?
  • How to incorporate thanksgiving into a prayer routine.
  • What does affective meditation look like?
  • Oblation - What can we offer to God as a sacrifice?
  • Petition - Putting our desires before God.

Resources:

Jan 1, 2016

Want to start a new prayer life? Dan and Melissa answer a listeners question on getting started in prayer. Join them as they offer suggestions on developing a prayer habit and reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can I begin a new prayer life if I’ve never successfully established a daily habit?
  • How long does it take for a practice to become a habit?
  • Why is prayer considered an ascesis?
  • Three key points to developing a prayer habit: clarity, community, and accountability.
  • How does vocal prayer lead to mental prayer?
  • Why does the enemy care about our prayer life?

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