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Desolation and Darkness

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Desolation and Darkness   Presence of God – Come to my aid, O Lord, that I may not be overwhelmed by the storm. MEDITATION Seeing its wretchedness so clearly, the soul senses the infinite distance separating it from God; and, while desiring even more to be united to Him, it realizes that it is farther from Him than ever, absolutely incapable of bridging the chasm which divides them. This recognition... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

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Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise,... Read More

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer

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The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer   Description: How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 10 “Preparing for Spiritual Desolation”

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Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa explore what it means to prepare oneself for spiritual desolation and to place one’s confidence in God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 10: “The tenth: Let him who is in consolation think how he will be in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for then.” When in consolation,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 9 “Aridity vs Desolation”

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Description: On today’s show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius’ “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 8 “In Desolation, Work Towards Patience”

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 8 and his exhortation to work at achieving patience during desolation, looking ahead to the inevitable end of our suffering and returning to consolation with God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Eighth Rule. “Let him who is in desolation labor to be in patience, which is contrary to the... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 7 “Resisting the Enemy’s Agitations”

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss Discernment of Spirits: Rule 7 . This seventh rule encourages the soul seeking God to resist any agitations put forth by the enemy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Seventh Rule. “The seventh: Let him who is in desolation consider how the Lord has left him in trial in his natural powers, in order to resist the different agitations and... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5

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This week Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5 – never change spiritual commitments while experiencing spiritual desolation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Fifth Rule. “The fifth: In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 “Spiritual Desolation”

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 Spiritual Desolation On this week’s episode, Dan and Melissa explore the meaning of spiritual desolation and how to recognize it through the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 4 – “I call [spiritual] desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1 This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first Rule of the Discernment of Spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 1 –  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in... Read More

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