Dan Burke

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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...

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What Do We Pray For?

What should we pray for? In what order? Of Petition, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara This noble oblation being well performed, we may securely and confidently proceed to the asking of any gifts and graces. First,...

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How Should We Offer Ourselves to God?

What's the best way to offer ourselves to God? How is it done? Why is it important?  Of Oblation, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara Cordial thanks being given to God, presently the heart breaks naturally into that...

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Why Do You Need Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a relationship through which we come to better know, love, and follow Christ through the help of a kind of spiritual coach. It is a process through which we come to know and love Christ and ultimately experience the...

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What Role Does Giving Thanks Play in Meditation?

What role does giving thanks play in meditation? How does it work? How should we approach it? Of Giving Thanks, from Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara After meditation follows giving of thanks, the occasion of which...

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Meditation Doesn't Have to Hurt

"...to run with an overly active imagination to Jerusalem, to frame to the imagination those things which are to be meditated there, does oftentimes hurt the head." Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of...

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Distraction and Reading in Meditation

"When the reader falls any place which moves his affection, let him there pause awhile, that in his heart it may cause a greater impression." Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into...

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Medjugorje and the Authentic Work of God

As I was making my way to the Catholic Church, I was deeply blessed by an encounter with a 17th century priest who taught me, through his writings, how to overcome aridity in prayer. This was a significant breakthrough for me

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How Do You Prepare to Pray?

Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into your hands. St. Peter directed St. Teresa of Avila on difficult questions she had about prayer and she turned to this work for guidance. I’ll be...