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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 scrupulosity commonly manifest... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt us. But when the memory... 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 possible in order to progress... Read More

Pilgrimage of a Lifetime to Carmelite Spain

Pilgrimage Video   In this video, I discuss what I have been calling a “Dream Pilgrimage” to Spain to see the land of Sts. Teresa of Avila, John of Avila, John of the Cross, and Peter of Alcántara. The trip will be November 16th to 25th, 2017 and there are still spots available. I am excited to have the opportunity to invite you to come on this incredible pilgrimage of a lifetime to Carmelite Spain with Dr. Anthony... 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 their father is plagued with... 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 Carmel. Why? St. Thérèse... Read More

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind   Some argue that since God already knows our deepest needs, sharing these with Him is redundant. Instead of humble petition, some teachers suggest emptying the mind of everything. As rationality is abandoned, they propose that the mind can evolve beyond limiting structures. For them, catechesis and the teaching of the Church are a helpful stepping-stone, but the impulse of the mind toward... 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 midst of great suffering, how... Read More

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Charlie McKinney, Contemplation, Prayer

Fire from Above

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship with the Lord. In the last weeks of her short life, after suffering... Read More

True Joy and Justice in the Eyes of God

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse’s meaning of true joy and justice in the eyes of God, and the source of our merits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse mean when she says that she does not want to “lay up merits for heaven”? Is there a difference between happiness and joy? Can we console the heart of Christ? Why does St. Thérèse say that... Read More

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