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Dear Friends,

We are delighted to present the first episode of Divine Intimacy Radio! The show notes are below and you will find the link to listen at the bottom of this post. Here are the show notes:

DivIntRadio 1400x1400 v2 smallerIntroducing the show and the hosts Dan Burke and Melissa Elson. Most of you know me (my bio is below) so I thought you would like to know a bit more about Melissa: While attending Auburn University, Melissa’s involvement with the Catholic Student Organization fostered her love for the Catholic Church and sparked her desire for a deeper understanding of the Faith. After years of study and working in various capacities for the Church (from youth minister to bookkeeper), in 2006 she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia. Soon after, she returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and beganMelissa Elson Headshot smaller her career in Radio production and voice work at EWTN Radio. During that time, Melissa met Dan as he joined the EWTN family and embarked on his radio show, Register Radio. While working at EWTN, Melissa also entered into the sacrament of Marriage with her wonderful husband Michael (a program manager at EWTN) and now has two beautiful daughters, and a son on the way! Melissa has since left EWTN leaving her more time to spend with her children and work on new adventures such as co-hosting Divine Intimacy Radio! When she's not behind a microphone, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, music, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.


Here's more about what we covered on this show:

Topic: Spiritual Direction Discussion exploring Dan's book
Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God Why we need it (blind spots) – Mountain Lion Story – the three doors or entryways to the soul – the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.

  • Spiritual Direction is Not Psychological Counseling

Call-In Question Answered:

  • Can a lay person provide spiritual direction or is it most preferable to have a priest as a spiritual director?
    • Spiritual direction and confession are two different things.
    • Value of a priest in spiritual direction – special role
    • Value and limits of a layperson in spiritual direction
    • St. John Paul II had a lay spiritual director


Note: Contrary to what we said on this show, our upcoming shows will focus on preparation for Lent and drawing our hearts more fully to union with the Blessed Trinity during Lent. In fact, we will have a second show airing this Saturday on this topic!

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Judy Silhan

    Sadly, Divine Intimacy cannot be accessed on Kindle Fire or smart phones which do not use Apple software. I was hoping this would be a regular podcast link like the ones on National Catholic Register or Discerning Hearts. Right now I can only listen to your program by going to my computer.

    • Judy – the podcast should be available on most if not all platforms. When you read the post on your non-Apple smart phone there should be a link at the bottom that takes you directly to our server which is technology neutral. It should also work on Kindle Fire. Let me know and we will work out the kinks together.

  • Dear Nosidam: The show is a taped show because of my schedule. We may do it live some time in the future but for now it is taped. Regarding a spiritual direction school, contact our admissions counselor at and let her know of your interest. We may have an online program up and running this year. It will still require at least one period of travel but it won’t require as much as the other schools.

  • Angela

    Looking for info on Teresa’s visit to Vero Beach FL? Just caught tail end of interview. Thanks.

    • Angela – I guess I better get crackin! Stay tuned. There will be a post tomorrow.

  • Listened twice! Excited to hear future programs. Seeking a spiritual director is a big thought that kept running across my mind this last year, and this show just fed me this morning. Thanks Dan and Melissa!

    • Thanks for the encouragement Donna Sue and for sharing and liking on facebook!

  • Camila

    Melissa is a MA Christendom grad!!! I already like her!!

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