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Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze

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Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze     How should we respond to experiencing God in prayer? What is “spiritual haze”, where does it come from, and how should we properly deal with it? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of St Peter of Alcántara in the book Finding God Through Meditation as they discuss answers to these questions in today’s show.   Topics/Questions... Read More

The Gift of Pain

January 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction, Suffering

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The Gift of Pain   I’ve learned many lessons in my short life, but one thing is for sure: we all know what it’s like to experience pain. Life can be difficult at times, and pain can come to us in different ways: physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological. You’ve probably experienced pain in your life. Maybe you’re in pain right now. Maybe you’re in the pain of depression or... Read More

Demonic Attacks – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 2

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Demonic Attacks 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 27 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa orders her brother, Lorenzo, to get some sleep. She also counsels him on how to deal with attacks of the enemy. Dan and Melissa discuss evil spirits and demonic activity as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LISTEN TO THE SHOW THROUGH THE PLAY BUTTON... Read More

Spiritual Warfare: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 23 Reflections

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Spiritual Warfare 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 23 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa diagnoses a spiritual warfare attack of the devil on a fellow nun. Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to this nun in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How does the devil attack us through temptation? St. Teresa diagnoses... Read More

What Exactly does Jesus Mean by “The Heart”? (Part II of II)

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Dear Father John, when I hear the readings at Mass, I hear Jesus talk about the heart all the time. But, what exactly does He mean? Editor’s Note: In the first part of this series, we explored what Jesus means by “the heart” and we talked about where our treasure is. Today, we will discuss the importance of continuing to seek the Lord, and how to know if we are learning to love God... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (II/II)

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…a reader asks: In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember... Read More

The Dead Unremembered

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It There is a pitiable verse in Psalm 31 about being like the “dead unremembered” – a broken pot, discarded and forgotten. It is a visceral lament. Few, if any of us, would want to die believing we had contributed so little to the lives of those who knew us that we could simply vanish from memory or the continuity of the human record. A lot of people died on Nov. 22nd, 1963.... Read More

The Devil’s War on Silence

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Silence, Spiritual Warfare

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There are key strategies of indirect attack that the enemy of our souls uses to significantly disrupt our spiritual progress. One is the corruption of human sexuality. As the analogy of holy spousal love is one of the most effective in understanding divine intimacy, the enemy desires to corrupt human sexuality in order to further obscure what it means to understand the possibilities of union with God. Similarly,... Read More

The Very Real World of Screwtape

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Paul McCusker, Spiritual Warfare

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It While working on the notes for C.S. Lewis’ The Annotated Screwtape Letters, I decided to do a little reading about the real world of demons. I picked up Hostage To The Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin, a remarkable study that was meticulously researched and lucidly written without succumbing to sensationalism. It was an unnerving... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 6 of 7 – Book Club

July 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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Screwtape Letters Week 6 of 7 The Majesty of Tragedy… But when he saw them he knew that he had always known them and realized what part each of them had played at many an hour in his life when he had supposed himself alone, so that now he could say to them one by one, not ‘Who are you?’ but ‘So it was you all the time.’ All that they were and said at this meeting woke memories. The dim... Read More

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