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The Catholic Guide to Loneliness

  Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with Dr. Kevin Vost and interview him on his book The Catholic Guide to Loneliness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is loneliness? Is social media causing people to become less connected? What are the three psychological and behavioral components to loneliness? What are some unhealthy... 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... Read More

Root Sin

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about root sin, as well as the difference between spiritual desolation and depression. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to determine our root sin or predominant fault? Can we have more than one root sin? What is the difference between spiritual desolation or the dark night of the soul, and depression... Read More

Differences in Demon possession, Mental Illness, Depression

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Dear Father John, What is the difference between demon possession and mental illness or depression as you discuss in unit 122 of The Better Part? There is no cut-and-dried answer. Here are some basic principles: Not all psychological difficulties can be classified as mental illness. Some are linked to changeable patterns of behavior or basic human maturity issues. These can be remedied by healthy... Read More

An Integrated Approach to Depression

An Integrated Approach to Depression The Catholic Guide 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... Read More

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits This week Dan and Melissa explore Saint Ignatius of Loyola's techniques for tackling the negative thoughts and lies that enter into our minds and lead us away from God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to expel the negative thoughts, lies, and/or feelings of depression that enter into our minds? Reject the lies and negative thoughts... Read More

Surviving Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 28 Pt 2

Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa's letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition ourselves... Read More

The Difference Between Counseling and Spiritual Direction

February 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Counseling/Therapy

Editor's Note: Today, we are blessed to have Allison Ricciardi join our writing team. Allison is a licensed mental health counselor and has been a guest on the Mother Angelica Live and Abundant Life Shows on EWTN, as well as Johnnette Benkovic's Women of Grace Show. Please welcome her warmly! What is the difference between counseling and spiritual direction? When should someone pursue one versus the... Read More

Dark night or depression?

Dear Carmelite Sisters, I am struggling with prayer – it is very dry and I feel very alone but I have not given up. I believe I am in the dark night but I am also melancholy by temperament. How can I discern what I am experiencing? I don't have access to a spiritual director because of my remote location. Am I depressed or in the dark night or both? I know you can't know everything about my situation... Read More

Overwhelming sorrow during Lent: How do I deal with it?

February 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Guilt, Lent, Seasonal Meditations, Suffering

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction: We are but days into Lent, and, after being to our church's Way of the Cross tonight, I'm overwhelmed with the “low” that Lent is already. Are we to embrace the low to make the joy of Easter even greater, or is there still joy to be found in the 40 days of the Lenten journey? If it's intended to be 40 days of all low, how do we prevent ourselves from being... Read More