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From Grief to Grace: Divine Intimacy Radio and Podcast

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

From Grief to Grace


When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with author, Jeannie Ewing about her book From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's will in difficult situations.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the inspiration behind this book?
  • from grief to graceHow would you define grief from a Catholic perspective as opposed to how the world views grief?
  • What is the difference between depression and grief?
  • How can one embrace the spiritual reality of grief and suffering?
  • How do we find the path to life in the midst of suffering?
  • How can we most effectively help our loved ones when they are suffering?
  • How can this book help someone experiencing grief in the beginning stages of his or her spiritual journey find deeper meaning through the hardship?


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.

Twice a week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching. On Tuesdays, they interview various authors about their spiritual books and about the authors’ own insights on those books. On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which, primarily, include prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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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, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. 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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  • Terri

    I was thinking about some of the different types of suffering and crosses that people carry. There are so many! There are crosses of illness – physical, psychological, emotional, etc.; … just to name a few. It helps me to remember that this earthly life is not paradise – it is a preparation for paradise in heaven. It is a time of testing; a time to grow and increase our capacity to love God for all eternity. A time to live by the dark night of Faith (believing in God’s love even when he seems absent or distant); a time to grow in merit … and suffering is a big part of that.

    “In this you rejoice,[a] though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Without having seen[b] him you[c] love him; though you do not now see him you[d] believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. 9 As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:6-9).

    Our secular culture does not clearly understand this and therefore does not understand the deeper purpose & meaning of suffering. This is because our society is predominantly hedonistic, meaning that the number one goal seems to be the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain – at all costs. How different is the Way that Jesus taught us:
    “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

    Even though, at first, this sounds like a way deprived of fulfillment, it is, in fact, the exact opposite. We are not meant to carry our crosses with our own strength. This, combined with the fact that God is so drawn to our weakness, highlights the fact that the very crosses that we carry are the means to a deeper union with Him. It is this supernatural union with a loving Being, infinitely higher & greater than ourselves, that is the conduit of true & lasting joy and a peace that surpasses all understanding.

    I was thinking about how the death of my son is my cross, a sacrifice that God has asked of me, and that I could respond to in many different ways; four of which are:

    1. Anger & confusion which leads to despair.
    2. Comfort seeking distraction.
    3. Trying to pull myself up by my bootstraps and carry on with my own strength.
    4. Continually struggling for a trustful surrender to Divine Providence – his inscrutable, unsearchable ways – ways that I will only fully understand in heaven – and to lean on Him for strength to open this suffering up to His presence and love.

    I desire to choose the fourth option and so, I need the strength that I receive from Christ in the Eucharist to live this way. As each wave of grief washes over me, I am supernaturally empowered (through my union with Christ), to offer it back to the Lord as a sacrifice. This will be a perpetual sacrifice to him because I know that this suffering is a cross that I will carry for the rest of my earthly life. But, I am not the only one to benefit from this. He takes the healing process up to a higher level and brings meaning and purpose to it by uniting it with his suffering and using it to increase the flow of grace in the world: he uses it as a channel of grace for the people for whom I offer it as a prayer of intercession.—Perpetual-Offering

    • LizEst

      This is beautiful, Terri … but a little too long, though we are going to allow it (with a bit of editing) because it is your first comment here and you may not have read our commenting guidelines. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here to become familiar with them for your future comments: Thank you and God bless you.

      • Terri

        I will read them. I loved the podcast. It is the 1st book that I have read that speaks of grief this way. It is a game changer for grieving hearts to learn her 6 steps. I learned in my theology classes that grace elevates nature and this is so obvious when you are grieving. There is the natural grieving process and then there is the natural grieving process elevated by grace which gives us the ability to unite our sufferings to the cross of Christ.
        Jeannie is the 1st grieving person that actually exemplified this in her teaching. We don’t have to wait on the natural grieving process to take place in us. Grace will speed us on and raise it up to a higher level. I think Redemptive Suffering is a Special Attraction of Grace (Fr. LaGrange) for grieving hearts.

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