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Seek the Lord, Not Things From the Lord

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Prayer, Relationship with Christ, Silence

Seek the Lord, Not Things from the Lord Here’s a question: Do you see God in the same way that you see an ATM machine? Strange question, I know; but it’s actually a good analogy for the way many people understand prayer … Why do we go to an ATM machine? Most of us go to the ATM primarily to get cash. Yes, I know some people might use the ATM to get a balance inquiry. But the bottom line is that we find the ATM useful... Read More

Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Death and Dying, Heaven

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All the blessed, admitted into heaven, know each other perfectly, even before the general resurrection. This is proved by Scripture as well as by tradition. I shall confine myself to quoting the New Testament to you; I shall content myself, too, with the parable of the rich man, and with some words that have reference to the Last Judgment. This parable is so fine that I cannot resist the pleasure of placing some of its leading... Read More

Integrated Approach 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 depression be treated through spiritual means alone? What is... Read More

The Yes of Perfect Consent

The Yes of Perfect Consent   Presence of God – Lord, grant that I may give You the free and full consent of my will. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross very aptly says that the characteristic of union of wills is the yes of the soul’s “free consent” (Living Flame of Love 3,24) by which it gives itself entirely to God, surrendering itself completely to Him by the full and total gift of its will. In other words, the soul... Read More

Christ is King … or is He?

November 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Christ the King, Liz Estler, Solemnity, Spiritual Direction

Christ is King … or is He? (Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relatively new festival in the Church’s liturgical calendar, this feast was established by Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas, less than one hundred years ago, in 1925. Today, we rejoice that He is the firstborn of all creation and that all things exist in Him. We acknowledge Christ... Read More

Are you Really Praying or Just Talking to Yourself?

November 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Contemplative Rosary, Dan Burke, Prayer

Are You Really Praying or Just Talking to Yourself?   Coming out of a chapel after praying the rosary with a few other Catholics, a friend of mine was surprised when several of those who were with him revealed that they were moved by his prayers. They were all praying the rosary together and he had simply led a decade as requested. He was a bit surprised by their response. He was not conscious of himself during prayer but... Read More

Distractions, Prayer Postures, Spiritual Perfection

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Perfection, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about distractions in prayer, seeking perfection in the spiritual life and prayer postures. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we keep our minds from wandering during prayer? Can we attribute any of these distractions to God? Should we separate mental prayer from our petitions? Are distractions sinful? What should we do if we always fall asleep... Read More

St Aquinas On Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Gratitude, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

St Aquinas On Giving Thanks* (Homily XXXII — Three-fold Benefits) Editor's Note: On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, in order that we might properly give thanks to God, we can read Saint Thomas Aquinas' explanation of how Christ teaches us to give thanks … and then, put it into practice! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  May the Lord always bless you abundantly. “And when He had given thanks, He... Read More

The Saints Ever Gave Thanks to God

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Saints


Thanksgiving has been in all ages the characteristic of the saints. Thanksgiving has been their favorite prayer; and when their love has been grieved because men were unthankful, they have called on the animals, and even on inanimate creatures, to bless God for His goodness. St. Lawrence Justinian has a beautiful passage on thanksgiving in chapter 28 of his Treatise on Obedience: Whosoever should try to lay open all God’s blessings... Read More

Search and Rescue: Bringing & Returning Loved Ones to the Faith

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Patrick Madrid about his book Search and Rescue where they explore the best approach to bring your loved ones into, or back into the Catholic Church. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we present the truths of the Faith to our loved ones without seeming offensive or judgmental? Who is this book intended for? Is it for those trying to bring their family... Read More

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