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Preparing for Lent – Part 1 – Divine Intimacy Radio

Dear Friends – here are the show notes for our second Divine Intimacy Radio Show on the topic of Preparing for Lent:

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Show Notes:

An interruption in our discussion about spiritual direction which we will return to after Easter…

The name of the show “Divine Intimacy Radio” comes from an incredible work by a Discalced Carmelite priest named Fr. Gabriel of St.DivineIntimacy2 Mary Magdalen. It was first published in 1964… reflections for every day of the liturgical year following the pre-conciliar liturgical calendar. This is one of the most extraordinary daily devotional texts ever written. You can find a link for this resource at the bottom of this post under “Resources.”

Shifting from discussion about general spiritual direction to how to prepare for Lent.

Reflection on how the Eastern liturgy and pre-conciliar liturgy in the West can help us to better prepare for Lent.

Five Considerations to Help Us Prepare for Lent:

  1. We are sinners and we need to acquire a deep consciousness of sin (old introit of Mass): “The groans of death have surrounded me, the pains of hell have laid hold on me.”
  2. God's invitation to become a part of his work. It is never too late. You are invited to relationship with him and to know his redemption.
  3. The Christian life is not a life of ease but hard work.
  4. During the struggle, the “wreath of victory beckons,” the reward of eternal life is before us.
  5. Warning – “You are now approaching that which is most sacred: baptism and Eucharist, the heart of the Paschal mystery. Woe unto you, if your life fails to correspond to God’s will; then you will fare as did the fathers in the desert. They too received a baptism and heavenly food, but they died in the wilderness and never saw the Promised Land.”

Call-In Question and Discussion: What are the spiritual benefits of fasting?John of the Cross 4

  • Why do we fast?
  • How is Jesus an example of the practice of fasting? (Luke 4:1)
  • Why did Jesus fast?
  • Why did fasting impact whether or not the disciples could cast out a demon?
  • How does fasting help us to orient our hearts toward loving God?


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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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  • DianeVa

    Wonderful radio show! Thank you so much for guiding is toward a season of preparation and spiritual growth. So often Lent creeps up on me and I feel ill prepared to make it as fruitful as I desire. These considerations are very helpful and I look forward to hearing more.

  • DianeVa

    Wonderful radio show! Thank you so much for guiding is toward a season of preparation and spiritual growth. So often Lent creeps up on me and I feel ill prepared to make it as fruitful as I desire. These considerations are very helpful and I look forward to hearing more.

  • Jeanette

    So wonderful to hear your voices Dan & Melissa! It really does add to our comprehension of the material, rather than just reading it. God bless!

    • Thanks Jeanette!

    • It was great to finally hear your voice too! 🙂

      • Jeanette

        Well, maybe one day I’ll get to hear yours too!

  • Gene Honigford

    Will this be daily or weekly?

    • Dear Gene – right now we have the funds to support one show per week. As we raise funds for this project, we will work to provide a show Monday through Friday.

  • Judy Silhan

    As with all of your projects, Dan, your efforts shine with God’s blessings. The reasons you gave for the preparation before Lent actually started, made a lot of sense because, like you said, I often find myself the day of Lent saying, what am I going to do this year and it is not always a well thought out plan that will bring me closer to Christ. Divine Intimacy was a welcomed blessing this morning and I have forwarded the program to everyone that I know.

    • You are very kind Judy. God is good.

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  • Phillip (TheMasterBeadsman)

    Just a note on the practices leading up to Great Lent in the Eastern Catholic Churches (there is an important distinction between “rites” and “Churches,” but this is not the place for that discussion). The practice of “Sunday of the Prodigal Son,” “Meatfare Sunday,” and “Cheesefare Sunday” are unique to those Churches of the Byzantine tradition (Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Russian, Melkite, Romanian, etc.). Churches of the Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian, and various Syriac (including Maronite) traditions do not follow this practice. For example, the Maronites prepare for Great Lent by remembering the priests, the righteous and just, and the faithful departed leading up to “Ash Monday.”

    Also, just as in Roman Catholicism, not all Eastern Catholics (or Orthodox for that matter) keep the fullness of the Great Fast (i.e. no meat, no dairy, no olive oil, no wine). Some simply ignore the Fast, and others just do what their spiritual and physical strength will allow them.

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