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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 26, 2016

Dan and Melissa answer questions on the importance of saints in prayer life, teaching children to pray, and spontaneous prayer. They also discuss some important aspects of meditation as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Are the saints important in prayer life? Why?
  • Should a lay person focus on one saint per year as some religious do?
  • What is the best way to help children develop a regular, personal prayer life?
  • Some tips for spontaneous, or extemporaneous, prayer.
  • What is the difference between discursive and affective meditation?
  • An example of discursive meditation becoming affective meditation.

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Feb 19, 2016

How can we become more aware of our sins? Why is our disposition so important to effective prayer and meditation? Dan and Melissa answer these questions as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why do I find myself unaware of how I've offended God, even though I know I am a sinner?
  • How can I overcome the lack of awareness of sin?
  • How does meditation differ from contemplation in Catholic tradition?
  • According to St Peter of Alcántara, how does spiritual reading fit into the "way of meditation"?
  • What should you do when you feel your heart moved during spiritual reading?
  • What is meant by the "proper disposition" for prayer or meditation?
  • Why does our disposition for prayer matter?

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Feb 12, 2016

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 do we, or will we, experience God in our daily lives?
  • Some examples of saints speaking directly to our current issues and problems.
  • Being awake to the Word of God in the scriptures in our current situations.
  • How does our desire for a relationship with God impact our spiritual lives?
  • Our desire to know God = the promise that we can know God.
  • What can I do if I don't have enough knowledge or experience or imagination to read Scripture beyond just the words on the page?
  • Do I have to be an intellectual to fully understand the Scriptures?
  • What is the best attitude to have to be drawn to the Lord?

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Feb 5, 2016

Posture during Mass and preparation for meditation. Why should we use the words of the saints when we are preparing for mental prayer? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is posture in prayer important? 
  • How does Christian teaching on prayer posture differ from that of Eastern, non-Christian religions?
  • Prayer posture in private prayer versus prayer posture in public, or corporate, prayer.
  • What is the meaning of the Sign of the Cross?
  • What are the Nine Ways of Prayer of St Dominic?
  • What does St Peter of Alcántara say about preparation necessary to prayer?
  • Suggestion:  Write down your distractions during prayer.
  • Why should we use the prayers of the Saints in vocal prayer in preparation for prayer? How should we use them?
  • Why do we, men in particular, have difficulty with the romance language of prayer? How can we overcome this?
  • Why Lectio Divina is a good way to begin with mental prayer.

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