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Divine Intimacy Radio is Here – Spiritual Direction

January 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Show Notes, Spiritual Direction

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to present the first episode of Divine Intimacy Radio! The show notes are below and you will find the link to listen at the bottom of this post. Here are the show notes:

DivIntRadio 1400x1400 v2 smallerIntroducing the show and the hosts Dan Burke and Melissa Elson. Most of you know me (my bio is below) so I thought you would like to know a bit more about Melissa: While attending Auburn University, Melissa’s involvement with the Catholic Student Organization fostered her love for the Catholic Church and sparked her desire for a deeper understanding of the Faith. After years of study and working in various capacities for the Church (from youth minister to bookkeeper), in 2006 she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia. Soon after, she returned to her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and beganMelissa Elson Headshot smaller her career in Radio production and voice work at EWTN Radio. During that time, Melissa met Dan as he joined the EWTN family and embarked on his radio show, Register Radio. While working at EWTN, Melissa also entered into the sacrament of Marriage with her wonderful husband Michael (a program manager at EWTN) and now has two beautiful daughters, and a son on the way! Melissa has since left EWTN leaving her more time to spend with her children and work on new adventures such as co-hosting Divine Intimacy Radio! When she's not behind a microphone, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading, music, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

 

Here's more about what we covered on this show:

Topic: Spiritual Direction Discussion exploring Dan's book
Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God Why we need it (blind spots) – Mountain Lion Story – the three doors or entryways to the soul – the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.

  • Spiritual Direction is Not Psychological Counseling

Call-In Question Answered:

  • Can a lay person provide spiritual direction or is it most preferable to have a priest as a spiritual director?
    • Spiritual direction and confession are two different things.
    • Value of a priest in spiritual direction – special role
    • Value and limits of a layperson in spiritual direction
    • St. John Paul II had a lay spiritual director

Resources:

Note: Contrary to what we said on this show, our upcoming shows will focus on preparation for Lent and drawing our hearts more fully to union with the Blessed Trinity during Lent. In fact, we will have a second show airing this Saturday on this topic!

Click the links below to hear the show! Also, if you like it, please let us know your thoughts and share it with friends on Facebook. If you would like to subscribe to the show via iTunes CLICK HERE or copy and paste this URL into your browser https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/divine-intimacy-radio/id960453660.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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