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St. Therese’s Journey Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse's journey through the dark night of the soul and the intense suffering that it caused her.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does St. Thérèse refer to herself as “a grain of sand”? The writings of St. Thérèse reflect those of St. John of the Cross: we must study the life of Jesus and imitate Him in everything we do. We must... Read More

Are You Looking to Re-invigorate Your Parish?

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Debbie Aguiar, Discernment of Spirits, Events, Prayer

Do you want to help your parish or friends deepen their faith and learn to hear and follow the voice of God in their lives? Would you like to see those you love learn how the enemy can influence them and how they can be set free? Dan Burke’s events have drawn thousands to a deeper relationship with God. Dan is a man broken by sin and loved and redeemed by God. Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, SpiritualDirection.com,... Read More

Spiritual Desolation and Humility

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Books, Charlie McKinney, Humility

Spiritual Desolation and Humility   An advantage of spiritual desolation is that it produces a deep and true humility in us. When we hear a sermon on humility, or read a spiritual treatise, or meditate seriously, we come to the conclusion that we are very miserable beings. But this conviction is no more than theoretical. When we are told that there are torrid regions in Africa, and that the temperature is oppressive, and... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 2 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts   Description: In part 2 today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost and take a more in-depth look at his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we employ the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and grow in holiness? What is piety and how can we live it? What are the different... Read More

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 2 of 8) What interested Jacinta most was the story of the Passion of Christ, which Lucia, with the native talent that shows sporadically in her four memoirs, must have made graphic enough. Jesus praying alone in the Garden while His friends slept and His enemies plotted; Jesus being scourged while His Mother looked... Read More

The Value of Obedience

The Value of Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will as expressed in the orders of... Read More

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?   Choir and Rood Screen in Albi Cathedral in France From time to time, in various spiritual writings and elsewhere, I’ve come across the term “choir” and it seems like it has nothing to do with music, which is what I associate it with. I think it might have something to do with Mass, perhaps where it is said?, but I’m not exactly sure what. Is it used in certain settings? Could you... Read More

The Handmaid of the Lord

The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force, a realism, wholly singular. If, for example, every soul in the... Read More

The Truth Behind Scrupulosity – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles unmask the truth behind scrupulosity through the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse's cousin, Marie, is plagued by scrupulosity and will not receive the Eucharist. What is scrupulosity? Has St. Thérèse ever experienced this problem in her own spiritual life? At what point does scrupulosity commonly manifest itself... Read More

The Solution to Your Sorrow

The Solution to Your Sorrow   It’s impossible to be selfish and happy at the same time.  I know this from experience, for if I’m honest with myself, I find the days that I am most miserable are the days that I am too focused on myself: on my problems, my frustrations, my weaknesses.  I’m certain the same is true for you.  Think about the last time you felt sad or weighed down.  Maybe it was yesterday, or maybe it’s... Read More

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