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30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 18

Peace During Persecution:
30 Days with Teresa of Avila:
Reflections on Day 18

In today’s episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson look at how a saint responds to persecution? Recognizing aspects of a saint’s character. St. Teresa’s letters reveal aspects of her personal character, but also some of the secrets to sainthood. Reflections on Day 18 from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Do your emotions drive you toward God or away from him?30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila
  • Avoiding the victim mentality.
  • How to obtain the grace to hold up under persecution.
  • Holiness through obedience, humility, and docility to the Church.
  • How can we feel peace in the face of repression or persecution?
  • What does the enemy have to do with a lack of obedience?
  • What the saints know about what God wants from us.


  • 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles
  • The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation –
  • About Dr. Anthony Lilles
  • The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Volume One – contains The Book of Her Life
  • EWTN Religious Catalogue – online
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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. 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

    In the beginning of today’s program, you said that Divine Intimacy can be seen as a “Radio Retreat”. Packing all of your thoughts about obedience, being content with God’s will, though sometimes contraindicative to what we may have thought He wanted, accepting fiery criticism and being able to pray simultaneously, being removed from a job or office because of a claim of possible unworthiness in that position, and more, certainly constitutes a “mini retreat”. Listening to the program and then reading letter 18 again, made me wish I could get every person over the age of 16 here in the U.S. to listen to this broadcast. Obviously, I cannot do that; but with emails and social media, I will do my best to reach those I can. God bless you and thanks for all of your efforts.

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