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Struggling with Prayer Distractions, Praying the Rosary & Trusting God

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Rosary, Show Notes, Trust in God

Struggling with Prayer Distractions, Praying the Rosary & Trusting God   Description Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about overcoming distractions in prayer, praying the rosary, and trusting God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we become more disciplined in prayer? How can we avoid becoming distracted while praying the rosary? While praying the rosary, should we focus on the mysteries, the prayer,... Read More

Why is Contemplative Prayer So Important?

Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor What are the three types of prayer? There are three types of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. Vocal prayer can include basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc. and also the words in our mind that we share with God. However, vocal prayer is not enough to sustain a growing relationship with God because we actually need to speak with Him through another... Read More

An Integrated Approach to Depression

An Integrated Approach to Depression The Catholic Guide to Depression   Description: Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is depression? Can... Read More

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows (The Seven Dolors Chaplet)

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Chaplets, Devotions, Liz Estler, Mary, Memorial, Prayer

Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows The Seven Dolors Chaplet Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows On the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, today, we bring you this devotion, which began in the 13th century and was reintroduced to the world by Our Blessed Mother during the approved apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Kibeho, Rwanda with some slight variations. It honors the Sorrows the Virgin Mother of God endured in compassion for... Read More

Prayer, God’s Will, & Helping the Suffering

Prayer, God's Will, and Helping the Suffering   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will, and prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them? Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to “Love God and do what you will” and St. Ignatius' rule... Read More

Reflecting on the Sign of the Cross

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

The Sign of the Cross is a Christian ceremony that represents the Passion of our Lord by tracing the shape of the Cross with a simple motion. It is a ceremony, I say, and here is what is meant by that term. A skillful manager assigns to each of his subordinates his proper task, making all of them useful, not only those who are vigorous and energetic, but also those who are less so. Similarly, the virtue of religion, hav­ing for... Read More

Sculpting Our Lady of Fatima’s Image

Sculpting Our Lady of Fatima's Image   Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer about Vision of Fatima, the journey of a Dominican priest who sculpted the image of Our Lady of Fatima with the guidance of Lucia, the oldest of the three shepherd children who saw the apparition of the Blessed Mother.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Who is Fr. Thomas McGlynn and why is his book being... Read More

Stop Worrying & Start Living

Stop Worrying & Start Living   Description: When we are filled with anxiety and fear, how can we escape these debilitating emotions? Today, Dan and Melissa sit down with author and speaker, Gary Zimak, for a special interview on his new book Stop Worrying & Start Living to help listeners attain a sense of peace in a troubled world. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the inspiration for this book? Is it... Read More

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Feast Days, Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O Mary, my Mother, teach me to live hidden with you in the shadow of God. MEDITATION The liturgy enthusiastically celebrates Mary’s Nativity and makes it one of the most appealing feasts of Marian devotion. We sing in today’s Office: “Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, brings joy to the whole world, because from you came forth the Sun of Justice, Christ,... Read More

The Long Dark Night of Mother Teresa

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Books, Charlie McKinney, Dark Night

Saints have told of their spiritual torments and feelings of abandonment by God. In the sixteenth century, St. John of the Cross described the experience as “the dark night of the soul.” But we would be hard-pressed to find another saint who suffered a darkness so thick or a night so long as Mother Teresa suffered. John of the Cross and others wrote poems and spiritual canticles to describe their sufferings in God’s absence... Read More

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