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How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How important is perseverance in prayer and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life? What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe? Should... Read More

Energetic Resolve

Energetic Resolve   Presence of God – O Lord, make me persevere in seeking You and in serving You, in spite of all the difficulties which I may encounter. MEDITATION St. Teresa says that anyone who wishes to give himself to prayer with profit must make “an earnest and most determined resolve not to halt” on the way he has chosen. This means that we must give ourselves to prayer, not for... Read More

Contemplative Aridity

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about contemplative prayer and aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative aridity? How do you know that you are experiencing contemplative aridity? How should you respond to God when you are called to this state of prayer? How is contemplative prayer different from centering prayer? What happens during the... Read More

Aridity, Prayer Methods, Examen Prayer

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about the best methods of prayer, about aridity, and the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: If there is limited time for silent prayer each day, what is the best way to pray during that time (Lectio Divina, spiritual reading, rosary, etc.)? What is aridity? How should one pray while experiencing aridity in... Read More

Prayer, Spiritual Desolation, and Internet Addiction

Prayer, Spiritual Desolation, and Internet Addiction   Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about prayer commitments, incorporating intercessions into our prayer time, repetitious prayer, spiritual desolation, and internet addiction. Topics/Questions covered in the show: If we struggle with establishing a morning prayer routine, what can we do to be more... Read More

Salvation, the Scapular, and Spiritual Darkness

Salvation, the Scapular, and Spiritual Darkness   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the scapular, the difference between Protestant and Catholic views of salvation, and spiritual darkness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can one go about supporting Divine Intimacy Radio and the Avila Institute? Why do some people wear the scapular visibly? Shouldn't the scapular... Read More

How Can World News Affect Our Lives?

Description: How can the world news affect our lives? How does one determine if he or she is experiencing spiritual aridity? Today, Dan and Melissa answer these question as they discuss an e-mail from a listener. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Could over consumption of news be considered sinful? Why is it detrimental for faithful Catholics to focus incessantly on the problems within the... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, Spiritual Aridity – Part 1

Today, in part one of a special two-part interview, Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about prayer, the theological virtues and spiritual aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the most powerful prayer? How should the virtues of faith, hope and love be incorporated into my prayer life? How does reading Scripture passages help us grow in faith? How can we build faith, hope... Read More

Aridity and Progress

Aridity and Progress Presence of God – O Lord, help me to seek for You and to unite myself to You, even through the aridity and powerlessness of my spirit. MEDITATION Even without the presence of the physical or moral causes which we have mentioned before, it is possible to pass from a state of sensible fervor to one of absolute aridity. This happens by the direct work of God which makes it impossible... Read More

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8, a long time before John’s appearance we learn of another prophet,... Read More

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