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How Do We Avoid Distractions In Prayer? – DI Radio Show and Podcast

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, God's Love, Prayer, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa reflect on God's intense, personal love for each individual soul and answer the question, “How do we avoid distractions in prayer?” Topics/Questions covered in the show: Reflections on the pure, unconditional, personal love with which the Creator formed each, unique human being. A life filled with earthly wealth may lead to comfort, but a humble life oriented to God will lead... Read More

A Desert and an Exile – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how this life can feel like both a desert and an exile at times and how God gives us the strength to persevere through difficulty. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse has a self-giving way of loving God. She desires no consolations or perceptible love in return, only “a love felt by Jesus”. Is it wrong to desire an experiential... Read More

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 are... Read More

Introducing Discovery Prayer (Lectio Divina)

September 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Lectio Divina, Prayer, Show Notes

Introducing Discovery Prayer   Description: This week Dan and Melissa provide the layout for a successful experience in prayer by introducing discovery prayer (Lectio Divina). Topics/Questions covered in the show: The spiritual Doctors of the Church describe mental prayer as being essential to a successful prayer life. By praying discovery prayer with the Gospels, one will encounter Christ, who transforms the soul. Discovery... Read More

Wisdom on Mental Prayer – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Day 8

Wisdom on Mental Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 8 “Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation.” – St. Teresa of Avila. Dan and Melissa look at progressive development in prayer and the spiritual life as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila and her wisdom on mental prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do... Read More

Can Demons Repent?

March 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Catechism, Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Dear Father John, I understand that demons hate God, but they also suffer from being separated from Him. Is it possible that a demon could repent, and accept God as we can? The Catechism gives a direct answer to this question, so let’s start there. I will quote the four numbers in full, since they give an excellent summary of what we know about demons. It is located in the section discussing original sin: 391 Behind the disobedient... Read More

The Life of Prayer: The Sure Path to Freedom

October 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Freedom, Holy Spirit, Prayer

The Life of Prayer: the sure path to freedom Christian prayer is a simple movement of the soul towards God. It is a movement of love, by which we cling to Him with the boldness of faith, trusting in his loving kindness. This movement of love is also a conversation, a heart to heart, in which He listens to all our concerns with the greatest of interest and in which He also shares the concerns of his heart with us. He actually... Read More

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It's really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is a constant struggle for me, since... Read More

Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Mary, Prayer, Prayers

Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots O Virgin Mary, Mother who never refuses to come to the help of your children in need, Mother whose hands never stop working for the welfare of your children, moved as they are by the loving mercy and kindness that exists in your Immaculate Heart, cast your compassionate and merciful eyes on me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. Oh Mother! You know the difficulties, sorrow and... Read More

Catechism – Vocal Prayer – 2704

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer, Vocal

Catechism of the Catholic Church on Vocal Prayer Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2704 Because it is external and so thoroughly human, vocal prayer is the form of prayer most readily accessible to groups. Even interior prayer, however, cannot neglect vocal prayer. Prayer is internalized to the extent that we become aware of him “to whom we speak;”4 Thus vocal prayer becomes an initial form of contemplative... Read More

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