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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

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

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

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

Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life

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Tolerating Distractions in the Spiritual Life   Description: This week, Dan and Melissa explain how tolerating distractions in the spiritual life can dissuade the enemy from discouraging us in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: It would be unrealistic to believe that we can be free from all distractions in prayer, so we must have strategies to tolerate them. How can we “gently” turn our thoughts... Read More

Prayer as a Battle – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss prayer as a battle and give strategies to combat the forces that interfere with progress in prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is prayer referred to as “a battle” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Distractions can be a serious setback for those seeking to advance in prayer. What types of distractions are the most detrimental? What are some strategies... Read More

Step Two of Discovery Prayer: Reflection

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa dissect Melissa’s prayer experience with the Parable of the Prodigal Son and apply it to the steps of discovery prayer, focusing on step two of discovery prayer: reflection. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Peter cast his net out into the deep when instructed by Jesus and was abundantly blessed. The same is true for our prayer lives. We must have the same faith and trust... Read More

Elements of Discovery Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa delve more deeply into the first steps and elements of discovery prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How should we enter into prayer? What prayers are best to begin our sacred time with God? Keep distracting electronic devices out of your prayer space. What is the best pace for saying vocal and/or mental prayer? Begin discovery prayer with the gospels. What is the best method... Read More

As Darkness Descends

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As darkness descends in the U.S. and around the world, so the light of God is ascending in the hearts and minds of His people. As politicians and political systems fail us, Catholics and seekers alike are looking for more substantive answers regarding how to face this growing storm. Jesus, in the seventh chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, unpacks the answer to surviving and thriving in the storm. He reveals that those who build... Read More

Discovery Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: Dan and Melissa reiterate the importance of prayer commitments, deepening the life of prayer, and the critical role of discovery prayer (Lectio Divina) in this process. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is practicing mental prayer important? What is the purpose of a prayer commitment? The first step of discovery prayer is reading a short passage of Scripture or spiritual reading. How is reading during discovery... Read More

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