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Voluntary Attachments

Voluntary Attachments   Presence of God – O Lord, I place myself in Your presence, begging You to enlighten my soul so that I may see what are the obstacles to my union with You. MEDITATION “To be perfectly united to God by love and will, the soul must first be cleansed of all appetites of the will, even the smallest” (John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel I, 11,3). In the language... Read More

How Can I Overcome Habitual Sin? Can Fasting Help?

Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are attachments and disordered attachments? What are the steps to overcoming habitual sin? What role does fasting from food play in overcoming habitual sin? Is it okay to fast for both spiritual and physical reasons simultaneously? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic Radio Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation EWTN... Read More

Giving Thanks to God, Recognizing Spiritual Haze

Giving Thanks to God and Recognizing the Spiritual Haze   How should we respond to experiencing God in prayer? What is “spiritual haze”, where does it come from, and how should we properly deal with it? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of St Peter of Alcántara in the book Finding God Through Meditation as they discuss answers to these questions in today's show.   Topics/Questions... Read More

Prayer Need & Centering Prayer: Finding God through Meditation

Centering Prayer and the Necessity of Prayer What is “centering prayer”? Can it lead to contemplation? Do I need to pray to be saved? Dan and Melissa discuss the necessity of prayer and answer these questions and more as they reflect on the book Finding God Through Meditation by St Peter of Alcántara.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is contemplation the same thing as... Read More

Appetites & Spiritual Progress

February 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Appetites, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Mortification, Show Notes

If you have been blessed by Divine Intimacy Radio, please help us spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook and with friends through email or other social media. This new series is focused on traditional themes of Lent with respect to how we orient our hearts and minds to God through mortification, mitigation of appetites and all other manner of cleaning out our spiritual gardens to prepare... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 38 – St John of the Cross

April 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Appetites, Dan Burke, John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 38 Sayings of Light and Love 38: When fixed on something else, one's appetite leaves no room for the angel to move it. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila,... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 23 – St John of the Cross

February 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 23 Sayings of Light and Love 23 Those who do not allow their appetites to carry them away will soar in their spirit as swiftly as the bird that lacks no feathers. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 22 – St John of the Cross

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

  Sayings of Light and Love 22 Sayings of Light and Love 22 A bird caught in birdlime has a twofold task: It must free itself and cleanse itself. And by satisfying their appetites, people suffer in a twofold way: They must detach themselves and, after being detached, clean themselves of what has clung to them. Saint John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” + Saint John of the... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love 18

Sayings of Light and Love 18 Sayings of Light and Love 18: The soul that carries within itself the least appetite for worldly things bears more unseemliness and impurity in its journey to God than if it were troubled by all the hideous and annoying temptations and darknesses describable; for, so long as it does not consent to these temptations, a soul thus tried can approach God confidently, by doing... Read More

Appetites – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

October 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mortification, Spiritual Dictionary

APPETITES – DISORDERED: Inordinate and willful desires of created things or circumstances not rightly ordered to moral or spiritual good that impede union with God and darken, defile, weaken, and torment the soul.   This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from Dan's book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here. + What... Read More