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Sin and Confession

sin and confessionJoin Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about the sacrament of reconciliation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What differentiates the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of the interior life?
  • Why must one go to confession if he or she is detached from habitual mortal and venial sin?
  • What is the purpose or benefit of confessing venial sins frequently?
  • What argument does Venerable Pope Pius XII make in favor of frequently confessing venial sins in his encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi?
  • When one reaches the “active night of the senses,” is he or she free from habitual venial sin?
  • Is is possible to be truly free from attachment to habitual mortal and venial sin?
  • What should one do if he or she leaves the confessional feeling attacked, judged, or neglected?
  • Should we go to a regular confessor to benefit most from confession?


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those people seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Every week our co-hosts Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching, including prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, 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. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, 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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