The Word Among Us

September 2012 Issue

A Longing for More

My Journey into Contemplative Prayer

By: Dan Almeter

A Longing for More: My Journey into Contemplative Prayer by Dan Almeter

I am a cradle Catholic, born to good parents who provided everything I needed to grow in my faith. Despite their efforts, as a teenager I began to doubt. Then, at the beginning of my senior year in high school, I experienced a profound encounter with Jesus at a prayer meeting. My life changed radically, and I began to tell family and friends that my goal was to become a saint.

After about six years in the sem­inary, which I entered right after graduating, I felt that God might be calling me to marriage. I left...

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