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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

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Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves as a chief bent on conquering... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 13 “False Quiet”

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Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius’ thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed.... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages

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Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Discernment of Spirits have impacted their personal voyages. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa. Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship with Christ? Is a daily... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 10 “Preparing for Spiritual Desolation”

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Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa explore what it means to prepare oneself for spiritual desolation and to place one’s confidence in God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 10: “The tenth: Let him who is in consolation think how he will be in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for then.” When in consolation, how do we prepare ourselves... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 9 “Aridity vs Desolation”

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Description: On today’s show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius’ “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of our being tepid, lazy or negligent... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Overview and Lectio Divina Guide

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Discernment of Spirits Overview … and a Guide to Lectio Divina Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast June 24, 2016   Description of the show: In this week’s broadcast, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson do an overview of the discernment of spirits.  In their discussion, they examine the characteristics of God working in the soul versus the characteristics of Satan attacking the soul. They also explore the practice... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 8 “In Desolation, Work Towards Patience”

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 8 and his exhortation to work at achieving patience during desolation, looking ahead to the inevitable end of our suffering and returning to consolation with God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Eighth Rule. “Let him who is in desolation labor to be in patience, which is contrary to the vexations which come to him:... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 7 “Resisting the Enemy’s Agitations”

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss Discernment of Spirits: Rule 7 . This seventh rule encourages the soul seeking God to resist any agitations put forth by the enemy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Seventh Rule. “The seventh: Let him who is in desolation consider how the Lord has left him in trial in his natural powers, in order to resist the different agitations and temptations of the enemy; since... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5

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This week Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 5 – never change spiritual commitments while experiencing spiritual desolation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Fifth Rule. “The fifth: In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation, or in the determination... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 “Spiritual Desolation”

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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 Spiritual Desolation On this week’s episode, Dan and Melissa explore the meaning of spiritual desolation and how to recognize it through the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 4 – “I call [spiritual] desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and... Read More

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