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Introduction to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

A soul united to Jesus is a living smile that radiates Him and gives Him. – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity “Letters from Carmel” In 2016, Pope Francis announced the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite nun of the early 20th century. Saint Elizabeth was set upon nothing less than dwelling in God and allowing Him to dwell in her. This was her sole focus.... Read More

A Life of Praise to God

What does it mean to be called to a contemplative prayer life? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the book Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God to discover the riches hidden in the wisdom of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why did Dr. Lilles choose to focus his doctoral work on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity? Who... 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

Authentic Contemplative Prayer

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini about authentic contemplative prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is authentic contemplative prayer? Why did Connie start the authentic contemplative prayer group? Why do we need to bring clarity to the realm of spirituality? What are the top three problems with centering prayer? How should we begin a... Read More

Prayer, Frustrations, Multiple Spiritual Directors

December 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

  Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about feelings in prayer, the meaning of contemplative prayer, frustrations in life and having two spiritual directors. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is it bad to meditate without seeing or feeling anything? What is contemplative prayer? How does God communicate with us? Is God really there when we're frustrated... Read More

Contemplative Rosary – A Meditative Method of Praying the Rosary

The Contemplative Rosary A Meditative Method of Praying the Rosary   Discussion: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Connie Rossini about the book she and Dan wrote together titled The Contemplative Rosary, and discuss meditative methods of praying the rosary to keep our focus completely on Jesus. Topics/Questions covered in the show: This book focuses on helping people who have never... Read More

The Contemplative Rosary – A Meditative Method of Praying the Rosary

The Contemplative Rosary A Meditative Method of Praying the Rosary   Discussion: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Connie Rossini about the book she and Dan wrote together titled The Contemplative Rosary, and discuss meditative methods of praying the rosary to keep our focus completely on Jesus. Topics/Questions covered in the show: This book focuses on helping people who have never... Read More

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Challenges, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Pope, Prayer

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer, and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to... Read More

Why is Contemplative Prayer So Important?

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Kristin Aebli, Mental Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor What are the three types of prayer? There are three types of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. Vocal prayer can include basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc. and also the words in our mind that we share with God. However, vocal prayer is not enough to sustain a growing relationship with God because we actually need... Read More

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With... Read More

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