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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 St. John of the Cross? What... 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, but humbly accept... Read More

St. Therese’s Journey Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse’s journey through the dark night of the soul and the intense suffering that it caused her.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does St. Thérèse refer to herself as “a grain of sand”? The writings of St. Thérèse reflect those of St. John of the Cross: we must study the life of Jesus and imitate Him in everything we do. We... Read More

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

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

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

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

The Deep Waters of God’s Love – Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles immerse themselves in the deep waters of God’s love seen through the eyes of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in her oblation to merciful love. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse need to do in order to release “the waves of infinite tenderness” that God has waiting to give to us? How can St. Thérèse become a martyr for God without... Read More

Instantaneous Purification – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles examine the ray of hope St. Thérèse sends to us through her oblation to merciful love in speaking of instantaneous purification; the Lord’s mercy when preparing a soul to meet Him. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the significance of instantaneous purification? How does Pelagianism compare to St. Thérèse’s thought of instantaneous purification? If... Read More

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