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A Desert and an Exile – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how this life can feel like both a desert and an exile at times and how God gives us the strength to persevere through difficulty. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse has a self-giving way of loving God. She desires no consolations or perceptible love in return, only “a love felt by Jesus”. Is it wrong... Read More

Transitioning to a Deeper Union with God – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: What happens to a holy soul during the “dark night”? Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the meaning of the “dark night of the soul” and St. Thérèse’s experience transitioning to a deeper union with God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How is St. Thérèse’s description of “the dark night of the soul” similar... Read More

St. Therese of Lisieux: Keeping Her Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Description: How does St. Thérèse of Lisieux remain so spiritually motivated all of the time? This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles focus on one of the secrets to St. Thérèse’s spiritual success, keeping her eyes fixed on Jesus.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How does St. Thérèse overcome moments of weakness in her spiritual life? We must not always try to conquer our... Read More

Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics... Read More

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... 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... Read More

What is Necessary to Fulfill the Will of God – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles contemplate St. Thérèse’s understanding of the brevity of life and what is necessary to fulfill the will of God.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse mean when she says, “…life is a moment between two eternities”? How are there two eternities? How do we live life in the best way... Read More

The Love that God Has For Us Through Every Circumstance

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles make known the love that God has for us through every circumstance, and the hope we can garner during our trials through His eternal love.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse offers great consolation and encouragement to her sister, Celine, as she faces criticism and disapproval from others for desiring to enter Carmel while... Read More

Life Passes Quickly – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Life passes quickly, so says our good St. Thérèse. This week Dan, Melissa, and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss what it means to face hardships in this short life and follow in the steps of our crucified Lord and enjoy the fruits he merited for us in heaven. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse wants to suffer for Jesus, but it seems like she is waiting until she enters... Read More

Meaning through the Mystery of Suffering

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Lilles discuss meaning through the mystery of suffering and the importance of a charitable response to this reality. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can trials and difficulties help detach us from earthly things? How can we talk to people who are suffering about the mystery of suffering being a grace or blessing for the soul? While we are in the... Read More

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