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Spiritual Theology: Christian Prayer and the Three Stages of the Spiritual Life


• What are the different kinds of prayer?
• How does one develop in the life of prayer?
• How do we grow in virtue and conquer vice?

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• What are the different kinds of prayer?
• How does one develop in the life of prayer?
• How do we grow in virtue and conquer vice?

  • 21 hours 3 min. (17 CDs / MP3)

    Almost everyone has heard about Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body.” But what about a Theology of theSoul? In this exciting new series, Dr. Brant Pitre turns his attention to what Jesus himself called “the one thing necessary” (Luke 10:42)—the life of prayer. Many Christians want to live the spiritual life, but they’re not sure just how to do it. In these lectures, Dr. Pitre draws on the riches of the Bible, the writings of mystics, and the insights of theologians to shed light on the mystery of the spiritual life. In this course, you will learn about such topics as:


    What is Prayer? The Catechism lists three kinds: (1) Vocal Prayer, (2) Meditation, and (3) Contemplation. But what is the difference between them? And how does on practice them? Dr. Pitre will take you step-by-step through the beautiful section on Prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    Difficulties in Prayer: Ever feel like you want to pray, but you don’t know how? What do you do when prayer is dry? In addition to giving you a theology of prayer, this series is filled with all kinds of practical tips—straight from the saints themselves—on how to overcome obstacles in the “battle” of prayer.

    The Secret of the Rosary: All Catholics are familiar with the Rosary, but some find it boring. Others wonder if it breaks Jesus command against “heaping up empty phrases” (Matthew 6:7). Learn here just how amazingly biblical the Rosary really is, as well as the secret to praying it well.

    The Bible and Lectio Divina: Everyone knows how to read the Bible, but do we know how to pray it? Find out the four basic steps for praying Scripture, and how meditation on Scripture can breathe life into your prayer.

    The Dark Night of the Soul: St. John of the Cross described two “dark nights” of the soul. What are they? And who goes through them? Learn just what they are, and how not to fall away when they take place.

    The Three Stages of the Spiritual Life: Catholic theology teaches about three stages in the spiritual life: (1) the Purgative Way, (2) the Illuminative Way, and (3) the Unitive Way. But what are these stages? When do they take place? How does someone move from one to another? How do the Seven Deadly Sins keep us from making progress? And where am I in my spiritual life? Over half this course is devoted to walking you, step by step, through the three stages, and showing you how they are mysteriously revealed in the Tabernacle of Moses and the life of Saint Peter.


    In short, Dr. Pitre’s Spiritual Theology is a must-own for anyone interested in deepening their life of prayer and answering Christ’s universal call to holiness.

     

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Jeanne Renison
Spiritual Theology

Okay, months later this is my second review. Many years ago, I took Spiritual Theology in college, but this class is light years ahead of anything I received during my college/seminary lectures.
I finished the complete series and ordered a second set to share with a small group of five women who are studying this course together. Each of us is anxious to advance in the spiritual life and in our prayer lives. What a goldmine of information in these talks! Dr Pitre has hit it out of the ball park once again. Thank you so very very much for this series.

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Jeanne Renison
Spiritual Theology

Well done again, Dr Pitre! I am about halfway through the series and am trying to apply all of these teachings to my own prayer life. Would that every Catholic could hear this and learn the basics of Christian prayer, what an outpouring of grace on the Church and on our world!!! Excellent Excellent series!!

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Lisa Bachiller
Dr. Pitre: Not Just Meat & Potatoes

Learning from Dr. Pitre is like eating a 5-Star 7-course meal. The appetizer: Getting the context of selected Scripture within the liturgical calendar. The entre: understanding the 1st century Jewish perspective. The dessert: hearing from the Church Fathers & the Catechism. The wine: witnessing the spirituality and humor and devotion of Dr. Pitre himself towards God, his family, his students, and the Church.

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Brenton Ertel
Comprehensive Look at Spiritual Theology

Good series of lectures. Mature look at prayer that moves beyond petitionary prayer.

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Krystyna
Very much needed resource.

If someone wish to take the prayer life seriously, this is the resource to being with. Dr. Pitre talks/classes provide information, explanation and motivation to take prayer life seriously if someone really wants to have relationship with God. I highly recommend.

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Introduction to Sprirtual Life

Order and check out was fast and easy. It arrived quickly and I hope to dive deeper into the contents of the book by Dr. Pitre.

Keep it simple

Dr Pitre speaks in understandable terms. I heard his class cd’s then book. It’s great for information about growth in the spiritual life and perfect for reference as well as short readings for meditation

Must read!

I am about half way through and am loving this book. Really points out the importance of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. References Jewish roots and where Jesus reaffirms it. How to apply it. Already changing my way of thinking and making me realize how important it all is, and made me realize where I am lacking and need to do more. And, of course, Brant Pitre always writes/speaks in such an easy to read and understand way, love all his books, CDs and DVDs.

How is 25 hours too short?

This is an amazing series. My initial reactions:

1) 25 hours.?!? Woah...
2) $95 for just downloads..? Seems a bit steep.

Thoughts now:
1) That flew buy
2) Totally worth it!

Once you consider you're getting a college level course and once you experience the quality of the instruction, you will recognize the value of this.

It's amazing to me that this has gone so quickly and I'm still desiring so much more. Definitely going to look into Dr. Pitre's other classes.

Wets the appetite

This talk was excellent and makes me want to dive even deeper into his longer class on the same subject. Would definitely recommend it to someone who's thinking about buying his class and wants to get a feel for what that might be like. Will open your eyes to what we do at Mass.