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But What if I Don’t Feel Like It?

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But . . . What If I Don’t Feel Like It?   Dear Father John, How can I overcome my feelings of not wanting to evangelize, especially when there are some people I don’t want to even be around? SOMETIMES KINDNESS OVERFLOWS effortlessly from a warm and affectionate heart. At other times that same heart feels cold and antagonistic, and even the possibility of kindness is crowded back into a... Read More

Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

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Questions on Fr Anthony de Mello, Spiritual Direction and Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

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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

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, In my daily prayer, I cannot help but feel myself torn between two emotions. One is the heartfelt desire to trust Jesus totally as I know he is present with me. The other is a human fear about the rise of demonic extremist Islam and the decline of our Judeo-Christian culture. I want to experience peace but so... Read More

Surviving Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28 – Part 2

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Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa’s letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition... Read More

Joy in Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28, Part 1

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Joy in Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In the midst of her own suffering, St. Teresa “lifts the eyes” of Doña Maria de Mendoza who is experiencing trials. St. Teresa consoles her friend by helping her to understand God’s role in her suffering. Dan and Melissa discuss joy in suffering, suffering, emotions, and acts of the will... Read More

Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 17 reflections

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Practical Benefits of Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 17 Reflections Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Today’s letter reveals some of the Saint’s personal tragedies and how she deals with them. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How suffering allows us to more fully experience joy. What is the relationship... Read More

Forming Our Emotions (Part II of II)

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Forming Our Emotions (Part II of II) Editor’s Note: In part I, we introduced the concept of educating or forming emotions and looked at the state of our emotions in the purgative way. Today, we will explore the differences in our emotions while we are in the two subsequent ways: the illuminative and unitive ways. Here is the question we are exploring: Dear Father John, My reactions to things... Read More

Forming Our Emotions (Part I of II)

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Dear Father John, My reactions to things seem out of control. For example, when I am cut off in traffic by another driver, I often get “road rage.” And, I get very sad when people reject my good intentions. There doesn’t seem to be any basis for it, nothing in my childhood or upbringing or any physical reason. Is there any way to really get a handle on these things and bring these... Read More

Emotions in a Fallen World (Part II of II)

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Editor’s Note: In Part I, we looked at the variability of emotions, today we’ll get to the heart of the issue at hand: why we have emotions. We’ll also talk about the unruliness of emotions. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Father John, my very emotional nature often gets me in trouble. Why do we have emotions in the first place? What’s the purpose of them? The Purpose... Read More

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