Dan Burke

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Sharing in Mary's Sorrow

"Let us adore Christ, the Savior of the world, who called his mother to share in his passion." - Liturgy of the Hours Last year when this solemn memorial emerged I was unprepared. The Liturgy of the Hours helped me to enter into the memorial a...

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What Should You Pray about?

St. Peter of Alcantara encourages us to pray using the Creed. Let's look at why. What role does the Creed play in prayer? What purpose does it serve as we turn to meditation? The Subject Matter of Prayer and Daily Meditations, from Finding God...

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What Keeps Us from Praying?

What are the obstacles to prayer? Being able to name them and identify them will help us to, first, be aware of them and, second, begin to take measures to address them. Nine Impediments to Devotion, from Finding God through Meditation, by St....

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When Should You Give Up on Prayer?

It's tempting to give up on prayer, especially when we aren't seeing results or when the results we do see aren't what we want. St. Teresa's answer, though, is that we shouldn't ever give up on prayer. In the following excerpt from 30 Days with...

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How Can You Grow in Devotion?

How do you grow in devotion? From St. Peter of Alcantara, we find advice that is very relevant to us in the here and now. Nine Means to Acquire Devotion, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara The things which promote...

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How Are Contemplation and Meditation Linked?

How are contemplation and meditation linked? Which is more important? How do you approach one from the vantage of the other? In our time, these two gifts of prayer are often conflated and confused by modern pop-spirituality that is all too...

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How Long Should You Spend in Meditation?

How long should you spend in meditation? What if you don't have that much time? When's the best time for meditation? Counsels for Meditation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara The Sixth Counsel—Avoid Brevity in...

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What Do You Do When Prayer is Dry or Feels Pointless?

What do you do when prayer is dry or feels pointless? How do you continue when it seems like God isn't there? Counsels for Meditation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara The Fifth Counsel—Persevere in...

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How Can You Improve Your Devotion?

How can you improve your devotion? What should you do about distractions? Counsels for Meditation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara The Third Counsel—Avoid Contrived Devotion In the preceding counsel, we...

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How Do You Meditate Correctly?

How do you meditate correctly? What do you need to keep in mind? What's important (and what's not)? Counsels for Meditation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara Now we will briefly handle those things which pertain...