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Prayer as a Battle – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss prayer as a battle and give strategies to combat the forces that interfere with progress in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is prayer referred to as “a battle” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Distractions can be a serious setback for those seeking to advance in prayer. What types of distractions are the most detrimental? What... Read More

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life How encountering God in prayer and deepening your prayer life can impact your life everyday. Why is the desire to have a relationship with God important? Dan and Melissa discuss their own encounters with God in prayer and scripture, and answer some listener questions. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to be... Read More

Distractions in Prayer

Distractions in Prayer Golden Lion Tamarin monkey, Adrian Pingstone, 30 July 2003, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons. What do giant trees and screaming monkeys have to do with praying? Dan and Melissa will tell you. Join them as they discuss reasons why we are distracted in prayer, and offer some strategies to deal with the distractions in prayer. “A Hermit Praying”, Gerrit Dou, between 1645 and... Read More

What to do When the Well Runs Dry? (Part I of II)

May 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, there was a time early in my prayer life that I experienced what I think is known as consolations. I have continued to grow in virtue and holiness (if I even know what that means) but my prayer life seems like it doesn’t match my life of virtue. I have listened to Dan Burke’s webinar on the three ways and I am grateful to say that I don’t struggle with habitual sin at all. But,... Read More

Struggle with the Rosary: Can You Help me?

January 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Rosary, Videos

Struggle with the Rosary — How to Overcome It Editor’s Note: The Rosary is Our Blessed Mother’s powerful armament against evil. That’s why the devil hates it so much. When Our Lady of Fatima first appeared to the three children in Portugal, she told them to pray the rosary. In all her subsequent visits to them, the one thing she said to them every single time they saw her was “Pray the... Read More

Video – I can’t find time to pray

November 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Videos

Time to Pray: I can’t find it!   Time to Pray: Fr John Bartunek Dan Burke To be a saint, we have to pray.  So, why can’t we find time to pray?  And, what does it mean when we can’t find time to pray? What is one reason we can be uncomfortable in praying? Prayer is something that is, in fact, possible and is always necessary for our relationship with God, who loves us. In this... Read More

I am too tired to focus in prayer, what can I do?

May 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Vocal

Dear Dan, I have a question regarding the rosary that I’m hoping you can help me with. I love to pray the rosary and typically I’m able to meditate on the mysteries. Sometimes, I find myself not being able to sleep, but tired enough that I’m not able to effectively focus on the mysteries. In that situation, like last night, I focused my mind on each word, it was almost like praying... Read More

Delight to the devil: How to do it!

 Delight to the Devil: How to do it!   Saint Alphonsus Liguori on how to give delight to the devil! Delighting the Devil! “Let us remember that the devil labors hard to disturb us at the time of meditation, in order to make us abandon it. Let him, then, who omits mental prayer on account of distractions be persuaded that he gives delight to the devil… let us, then, never give up meditation... Read More

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