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A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With... Read More

Therese of Lisieux: Brevity of Life, Glory of Heaven, Beauty of Suffering

The Brevity of Life, the Glory of Heaven, and the Beauty of Suffering How can we find encouragement here on earth? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the brevity of life, the glory of heaven and the beauty of suffering through the perspective of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse responds to her sister, Leonie, about the emotional difficulties... Read More

The Foolishness of Following God – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How influential is the world when one is discerning God's will? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles reveal the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the “foolishness” of following God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can wisdom from the saints relate to our time? How will one's perspective of the world change when he or she sees things through the eyes of Christ? Why... Read More

Confidence in God Can Change Everyday Life – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we have confidence in God? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the unmatched confidence that St. Thérèse has for her Beloved and how this confidence in God can change everyday life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Thérèse has absolute confidence in Jesus and offers her life to Him in loving, trustful surrender. How can we come to understand that God is... Read More

Joy in God’s Will – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How can we find joy in God's will for us? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the role of Our Lady in the spiritual life and the importance of humility. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why would anyone look outside of the Church for spiritual sustenance? Why is St. Thérèse of Lisieux so important in our time? Why should anyone... Read More

The Power of Intercessory Prayer and the Mercy of Our Lord

Description: How should we treat those souls who have fallen away from the Faith? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the power of intercessory prayer and the mercy of our Lord. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse urges her sister to pray for a man who has left the Church in a scandalous way. Who is this person and why is St. Thérèse... Read More

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 to that of... 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 weaknesses,... 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

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