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Discover Your Next Mission From God – DI Radio Show

Description: How can we properly discern God's will in our lives? To find the answer, Dan and Melissa search heaven and earth as they speak with author Julie Onderko about her book Discover Your Next Mission from God: Saints who found God's will – and how you can too.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can I know God's will in my life? God uses ordinary means to speak to us in our lives. Will the absence of the... Read More

Melancholics, Desires, Temptations, God’s Will

Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about melancholic temperaments, desires versus temptations, and discerning God's will. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can someone keep a melancholic, emotional temperament under control? What is wrong with the Buddhist practice of “mindfulness” popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn? What is the examen prayer? What is the difference between desires... Read More

Our Lady’s Message – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: 100 years ago, our Blessed Mother entrusted three shepherd children with an important message of penance, sacrifice and prayer for the conversion of sinners and of the world. Dan and Melissa speak with author Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle about Our Lady's Message at Fatima and its relevancy for today. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is this book intended for children only? What is the significance of the message... Read More

Therese of Lisieux: Brevity of Life, Glory of Heaven, Beauty of Suffering

The Brevity of Life, the Glory of Heaven, and the Beauty of Suffering How can we find encouragement here on earth? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the brevity of life, the glory of heaven and the beauty of suffering through the perspective of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse responds to her sister, Leonie, about the emotional difficulties accompanying the death of their... Read More

The Benefits of Spiritual Formation from the Avila Institute – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the benefits of spiritual formation from the Avila Institute on the soul. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the Avila Institute? What courses are coming up this Fall? What is spiritual theology? What impact does the Avila Institute have on the prayer lives of the students? How does the international reach of the Avila Institute affect the... Read More

The Realm of Contemplative Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: What exactly is “the prayer of quiet” and why does God call us to this type of prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa answer this question and dive deeper into the realm of contemplative prayer. Topics/Questions covered during the show: How does “the prayer of quiet” or silence differ from “the prayer of simplicity”? What are the affects of “the prayer of quiet”? What is it... Read More

The Stories of Hymns – Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast

Description: What happened to traditional hymns during Mass and why are they so important? Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. George Rutler about his book The Stories of Hymns: The History Behind 100 of Christianity’s Greatest Hymns to find out. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and significance of the hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”? What is the difference between a hymn and other types of songs? Are... Read More

How Can the World News Affect Our Lives? – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How can the world news affect our lives? How does one determine if he or she is experiencing spiritual aridity? Today, Dan and Melissa answer these question as they discuss an e-mail from a listener. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Could overconsumption of news be considered sinful? Why is it detrimental for faithful Catholics to focus incessantly on the problems within the Church? How does the account of... Read More

The Seven Deadly Sins Part 2 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: If we find ourselves under the influence of one or many of the seven deadly sins, how can we break free and live virtuous lives? Dr. Kevin Vost returns to answer this question and more as he joins Dan and Melissa to discuss his book The Seven Deadly Sins. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the difference between the deadly sin of sloth and a psychological issue such as depression? Which sin does St.... Read More

The Foolishness of Following God – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How influential is the world when one is discerning God's will? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles reveal the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the “foolishness” of following God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can wisdom from the saints relate to our time? How will one's perspective of the world change when he or she sees things through the eyes of Christ? Why has Celine's desire... Read More

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