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June 8, 2022

Ep 47 - Avicii of Prayer - Part 1

Ep 47 - Avicii of Prayer - Part 1

Okay...full disclosure. James and Ryan will be discussing the Levels of Prayer in an epic 2-part series starting today! Am I the only one that instantly thought of Avicii's Levels when you think of that? Yes? Crickets.....okay then :(. For those of you who want to enjoy it, here's a link.

Back to the meat and potatoes, James and Ryan do a deeeep dive into the different levels of prayer. In Part 1, they give you an overview of the 3-different "ways" of prayer as well as all nine levels before teasing you with only levels 1-2. They also discuss Ryan's checklist for mental prayer, which you can find here: 

  • Here is how you do Mental Prayer:
    • Prepare: Place yourself in God's presence and pray for the grace to meditate
    • Begin the meditation
    • Reflect on particular subject, some truth of God or the Faith (more on this later)
    • Examine yourself in relation to this truth
    • Think of how you can improve in this aspect
    • Affections like sorrow for sin, hope in God, and love arise in your heart from considering the subject of your meditation
    • Offer petitions in your heart to God: for people in your life, for yourself, your family, your enemies, for the Church, and so on
    • Resolve to conquer your main vice or grow in a needed virtue
    • Conclusion: Thank God for the graces He gave you

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Resources mentioned in the episode:

  1. Nine Levels of Prayer
  2. New Advent Levels of Prayer
  3. St. Teresa of Avila golden gems
  4. Ascending Way of Prayer
  5. The Ways of Mental Prayer - book written by Abbot Vitalis Lehodey
  6. The Power of Silence - book by Cardinal Robert Sarah

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