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Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio

Preparing for Lent Part 2 – Divine Intimacy Radio

Preparing for Lent Part 2:

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Show Notes:

Divine Intimacy Radio Crown of Thorns 1400x1400 v2 smallerFasting – What are the spiritual benefits continued…

  • Appetites – the insatiable nature of our appetites – never can find true satisfaction
  • True satisfaction is only found in relationship with God
  • Jesus modeled the practice of fasting
  • Desire to love God through self-sacrifice
  • John of the Cross
    • Soul is finite and can’t love God and creation simultaneously
    • Attachments limit our spiritual growth
    • Illustrations of the impact of attachments – bird and hot air balloon
    • The contemplative life requires that we abandon attachments
    • Necessity of shedding habitual venial and mortal sin
    • We can be free of habitual sin and attachments – it really is possible
    • Attachment is an inordinate desire for pleasure
    • Faster way through dark night and into the illuminative way – rules for detachment (from Ascent of Mount Carmel)
  • Authentic Spiritual disciplines
    • Set us free rather than constrain us
    • Give us true and lasting joy
  • Melissa’s example of the wrong way to prepare for Lent – Sunkist!
  • Spiritual self-evaluation using Navigating the Interior Life
    • The goal of all spiritual discipline is to know and love God in this life and beyond
    • Evaluate sacramental participation (confession, adoration, reconciliation)
    • Can we increase our participation in Mass for Lent?
      • John of the Cross – every negation is also an affirmation
    • Can we increase participation in Adoration?
      • Melissa’s experience of the impact of Adoration
  • Other practices of self-evaluation from Navigating the Interior Life

Next Show:

  • More on Preparing for Lent – the goal is to conclude this series with simple and clear steps to Lenten planning.


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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

    Though I am retired and a life long Catholic, I have never heard such a meaningful and beautiful explanation of fasting. The idea of ascending towards God by letting go of attachments, using the hot air balloon and the bird analogies, resonated in mind like never before. Lent, for me, sad to say, has come and gone, year after year, with little or no change in my closeness to Christ. Now that I understand what fasting truly is, this Lenten Season will definitely prepare me for the Glorious Ressurrection of Christ. I have benefited so much from all of your efforts, Dan; but I think that today’ s broadcast has impacted me the most. God Bless you and Melissa for such a great job today.

    • You are very kind Judy – God’s truth is always transformative when received by an open heart and you certainly have one.

  • Jeanette

    Really good teaching…keep them coming Dan & Melissa! 🙂

  • Paul

    My wife just got me onto this show. Love the show!
    Not that it’s worth much, but this is how I simplify this whole concept for myself. To only say I’m not going to do something, invariably means that I will end up falling in it. If I have to consistently remind myself “Don’t eat cookies” then “cookies” are inevitably always on my mind, and my will is not strong enough to constantly fight forever. I might make it through Lent, but after Easter, it’s all over. A “Do Not” always has to be replaced with a “Do” (that’s my simple way of saying what you explained more eloquently). I call this a double sacrifice because not only am I giving up something that I really want do (like getting angry), but I have to replace it with something I don’t always feel like doing in those hard moments (like being cheerful. — Have you already guessed my lenten sacrifice?). In replacing a Vice with a Virtue, we are inserting Jesus directly into our bad habits so that He can make good ones. What sounds like a double whammy sacrifice on the surface, “Not only are you saying I can’t eat cookies, but I have to eat a carrot in it’s place – yek!” is in fact, allowing Jesus to make the yoke easy and the burden light. Given time, you will become a better healthier person physically, mentally, spiritually. Easier and faster. – God Bless you guys and the Show!!

  • Mary P

    Has anyone read the book “Holy Abandonment” by Rt. Rev. Dom Vitalis Lehodey, O.C.R. It is brimming with practical advice and wisdom of the saints,
    for abandoning practically anything we need to and explains The Nature, The
    Foundation, the Object of, and the Excellence and Fruits of….Holy Abandonment.
    Those are the FOUR PARTS of the book that broken down into chapters. It is a hefty book. I recommend it as well as all the other books that are mentioned on I think of it as a “How To” book for abandoning ourselves to God.

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