Dan Burke and Melissa Elson interview Connie Rossini about the differences between Christian contemplative prayer and non-Christian Eastern meditation.
Who is Fr Anthony de Mello and can we trust his spiritual writings to lead us to a deeper union with Christ? Dan and Melissa discuss the problems with Fr de Mello’s influential spiritual guidance and the Catholic Church’s position on non-Christian teachings.
What does St Peter of Alcantara teach about preparation for meditation? Why is posture during prayer important? How do Christian traditions differ from eastern, non-Christian traditions on prayer posture?
What is “centering prayer”? And, should I be practicing it? Is prayer necessary for salvation? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson reflect on the book “Finding God Through Meditation”.
What is centering prayer? Are there good and bad ways to pray? Learn from St Peter of Alcántara in the book “Finding God through Meditation”.
What’s dangerous about centering prayer? How is it different from true contemplation? Discover the Church’s true explanation as Connie Rossini delves into how centering prayer advocates gets contemplation wrong, in an excerpt from her book: Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF.
What do prayer and silence have to do with each other? How does this differ from centering prayer? And, what stages of prayer can we reach on our own? Learn from Connie Rossini as she explores Teresa of Avila’s teachings in Part II of this three-part series.
Should We Sit Quietly During Prayer? Part I of III Today I want to begin discussing misconceptions about the place of silence in prayer growth.
Wisdom on Mental Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 8 “Do not tire your brain by trying to work it
In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This
Dear Saint Teresa, I have read a number of books on prayer that advocate methods of suppressing, shutting down, or eliminating thinking altogether during prayer.