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Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages

Discernment of Spirits:
Personal Voyages

Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Discernment of Spirits have impacted their personal voyages.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa.Discernment of Spirits
  • Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship with Christ?
  • Is a daily examination of conscience necessary to grow in the spiritual life?
  • How can the life and writings of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux help inspire those called to the vocation of marriage and family life?


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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, 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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  • Erin M

    Thank you, Dan and Melissa for another excellent podcast! Praise God for all the help souls are receiving to assist us on the path to holiness. As a young mom, I wanted to suggest the writings of Blessed (soon to be Saint) Elizabeth of the Trinity. She entered the religious life the same time The Little Flower had her heavenly birthday, and was influenced by her writing. She also died very young, and as she was dying write a treasure called The Last Retreat. It was a gift to her sister who was a young mom and struggled with how to be holy in her vocation. Anyhow, I thoght Melissa and others might be interested in her writing. St. John Paul II also highly recommend her as a teacher on prayer for the laity. We are so blessed to have so many Saints pointing the way to Jesus!

    • LizEst

      Thank you, Erin M for calling the attention of our readers and listeners to Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. We have published quite a bit about her and her spirituality on our site. She is also prominently featured in many courses at the Avila Institute. Be assured that we will continue to highlight her thought. God bless you and your family, Erin.

      • Erin M

        I just searched the site, and I’m so excited to see all the articles about her and her spirituality. I look forward tho prayerfully reading them and maybe someday be able to take some courses at the Avila Institute. Thank you for pointing this information put to me 🙂 May God bless you!

        • LizEst

          Glad you found them! We also hope that some day you may be able to take some courses with Avila, as well.

  • LizEst

    You said something very important, B. Rickman. The Church has been working on these problems since its inception. Thank you for bringing that out.

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