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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... Read More

The Seven Deadly Sins Part 1: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin

Description: Which sins are the most detrimental to our relationship with God? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore the answer to this question as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are the seven deadly sins and where are they in the Bible? Why are these sins “deadly?” Who are some of the key... Read More

Overcoming Sinful Anger – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How does anger play a role in your life and more importantly in your salvation? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Fr. Thomas Morrow about his book “Overcoming Sinful Anger: How to Master Your Emotions and Bring Peace to Your Life”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What constitutes sinful anger? Is there righteous anger? If someone believes anger is simply a part of his or her personality, will they... Read More

Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Thomas Dailey about his book Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: Who is St. Francis de Sales and what is appealing about his spirituality? How does St. Francis make holiness available to everyone regardless of vocation? What is St. Francis’ approach to prayer and does he advocate mental prayer? What... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, and Spiritual Aridity – Part I

Today, in part one of a special two-part interview, Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about prayer, the theological virtues and spiritual aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the most powerful prayer? How should the virtues of faith, hope and love be incorporated into my prayer life? How does reading Scripture passages help us grow in faith? How can we build faith, hope and love through the events of... Read More

The Benefits of Taking Courses from The Avila Institute – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Every soul needs to be nourished continually in the spiritual life. Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the benefits of taking courses from the Avila Institute and how this experience can lead to incredible spiritual growth! Topics/Questions covered in the show: What type of courses are offered through the Avila Institute? How rigorous are the courses? How much time is required to take these classes? Are there different... Read More

Emotions in Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? How can I encourage... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one’s daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance is behind making the sign of the... Read More

Sharing Spiritual Experiences – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else? Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that we think too much during prayer? Should... Read More

A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith and tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to answer a question about the Faith? How does our language or vocabulary... Read More

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