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Prayer and the Heights of Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Prayer and the Heights of Holiness


Description: Praying is not reserved only for holy souls. All souls need prayer to bring them to the heights of holiness. On this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa stress that the most crucial element of beginning a prayer routine is to pray!

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • If someone wants to establish a lasting, meaningful prayer life, he must jump in and get started.
  • A common misunderstanding is that one must be holy in order to start a meaningful prayer life when the opposite is true. One must start a prayer life first in order to be holy.
  • Reading countless books on prayer is not a substitute for prayer.
  • Beginning a prayer routine is difficult, but as one practices and learns, it becomes easier and more enjoyable.
  • Prayer and the heights of holiness is a destination meant for us all, not just the saints of old.


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom.

Every week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching, including prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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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, 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

    Once again, Dan, you have described prayer with such heartfelt and easy to understand concepts that anyone listening to this broadcast will surely be drawn to learn more, as I did in your class Navigating the Interior Life when you shared the beauty of the Liturgy of the Hours. Indeed, just seeing a beautiful painting of the Grand Canyon, or any other of the Wonders of the World, does not allow you to experience the smells, the wind, one’s breath being taken away once you have reached the summit of a mountain, nor taste the saltiness in the air near an ocean. So also, as you said, reading about prayer in different books does not allow one to experience the beautiful relationship with Our Lord until you have actually been there with Him in prayer and personally experienced the love, mercy and peace that is found only in Him.
    Thank you again for the reminder this morning of how I was drawn to prayer, starting with the Liturgy of the Hours, when I first became one of your students, and now, over two years later, have a relationship with our Lord and a prayer life that continues to unfold and progress, far beyond what I had thought having a relationship with Him would mean. For such a gift as you have given to me, helping me draw ever closer to our Lord, the repeated words of thank you seem somehow inadequate; but I am thinking that there are no words that would be. Rather it is in my letting you know how my heart has been forever changed because of the work you are doing, as a result of God’s calling to you to serve Him and others. God Bless.

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