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Prayer with the Saints – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the importance of prayer with the saints as well as examine the meaning behind Jesus’ words about a rich man entering heaven. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What should we do if we can’t relate to any particular saint? The saints were not perfect from birth. Their lives reveal that no matter what circumstances and difficulties they experienced, they found... Read More

Charity the Essence of Sanctity

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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Charity the Essence of Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of God, considering that He is infinite charity: “Deus caritas est,” God is charity. MEDITATION “Be you, therefore, perfect, as also Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Before we can begin to imitate God, we must know who He is, and in what His perfection consists. Holy Scripture tells us, God is charity (1 John 4:16). It does... Read More

The Lord Cometh from Afar

November 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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The Lord Cometh from Afar First Sunday of Advent   Presence of God – The Lord is coming; I place myself in His presence and go to meet Him with all the energy of my will. MEDITATION “The Name of the Lord cometh from afar…. I look from afar, and behold I see the power of God coming…. Go out to meet Him, and say, ‘Tell us if You are He who shall rule….’” These words are taken from today’s liturgy, and in... Read More

Personal Stories of Difficulties and Progress in Prayer

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa share their personal stories of difficulties and progress in prayer and how we can overcome these obstacles to God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How have Dan’s Into the Deep parish events impacted its participants? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Philippians chapter 1, verse 6, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete... Read More

The Divine Invitation

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Gratitude

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The Divine Invitation   Presence of God – O my God, give me the sovereign grace to respond to all Your invitations with generosity. MEDITATION (Matthew 22:2-14) outlines the sad story—so true even today—of human ingratitude which rejects God’s mercy and is indifferent to His gifts and invitations. “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son, and he sent his servants to call them... Read More

Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

November 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditations, Solemnity

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe* Thy Kingdom Come! The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is, but the kingdom of God is within us (cf Luke 17:20-21), for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart (cf Deuteronomy 30:14). Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s... Read More

Questions on Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: Dan and Melissa answer listener questions on discerning God’s voice in prayer and spiritual reading versus scriptural reading during prayer time.  Topics/Questions covered on the show: Common questions on discerning God’s voice in prayer. If we can meditate more easily on spiritual reading rather than Scripture, should we only pray using spiritual reading? How do we know if we are hearing the voice... Read More

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining of humility, and defend... Read More

How to Navigate the Channels of Discovery Prayer

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How to Navigate the Channels of Discovery Prayer Description: Dan and Melissa discuss how to navigate the channels of discovery prayer and how to best deal with various situations that arise in prayer. Topics/Questions covered on the show: If your prayer time has ended, what should you do if you are not finished with all five steps of discovery prayer? While praying, if the Lord blesses you with a consolation and your prayer... Read More

The Triumph of Love

November 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

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The Triumph of Love Presence of God – Grant that there may be only love in me, my God; that all may proceed from love, and all revert to love. MEDITATION The life of the soul which has reached total union may be defined as one simple, continual, most intense exercise of love, by means of which it gives itself to God unceasingly. All its faculties, not only purified, but perfectly harmonized, are wholly employed in the divine... Read More

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