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Discernment of Spirits Overview and Lectio Divina Guide

Discernment of Spirits Overview … and a Guide to Lectio Divina

Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast
June 24, 2016


Description of the show: In this week’s broadcast, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson do an overview of the discernment of spirits.  In their discussion, they examine the characteristics of God working in the soul versus the characteristics of Satan attacking the soul. They also explore the practice of meditative prayer known as Lectio Divina.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What characteristics does God exhibit while working to bring a soul out of mortal sin?
  • What characteristics does Satan exhibit while trying to keep a soul bound to mortal sin?
  • What characteristics are exemplary of a soul experiencing spiritual consolation or desolation?
  • How does one approach the meditative prayer method of Lectio Divina?
  • What is an example of this practice?


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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 Author Insights Edition, 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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  • Jeanette

    I enjoyed your heartfelt example of lectio divina. Taking the time to show an example of how it can be done was well worth the listen. God bless you both! 🙂

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