Lots of saints make strong statements about prayer. St. Alphonsus Ligouri is probably the scariest. Referencing St. Teresa of Avila, he once stated that “He who neglects mental prayer needs no devil to carry him to hell. He brings himself there with his own hands.” Yikes!
Lucky for you (and me), we’re not talking prayer with him today. Instead, Mr. Dan Burke is the featured guest in this episode of The Art of Catholic podcast.
While not a saint (yet), Dan is definitely a sage when it comes to the spiritual life and loves to quote Teresa of Avila, too. In fact, he’s the founder and president of The Avila Institute, as well as the Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register. He also blogs and podcasts over at SpiritualDirection.com.
Dan has written a wonderful series of books under the heading of “Navigating the Spiritual Life” through Emmaus Road Publishing. And in this episode we’re discussing some of the contents of one of those books titled, “Finding God Through Meditation.” It’s all about St. Peter Alcantara. Who is he? None other than the spiritual director for Teresa of Avila. Prepare to grow!