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Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute

Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute “To give, and not to count the cost to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will” – St. Ignatius of Loyola The Graduate program at the Avila Institute will help guide you through your Catholic journey of faith. The program involves... Read More

Despair, Discernment, and Distractions in Prayer

Description: Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about despair, discernment, and distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do we discern or recognize if we're under spiritual attack? How should one discern his or her vocation? How does mental prayer affect our ability to discern properly? How can we properly discern the truth from lies in our thoughts? How can... Read More

Discernment, Holiness and God’s Voice

September 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Discernment, Holiness, Prayer, Show Notes

Discernment, Holiness and God's Voice   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa take your questions on establishing a consistent prayer time, discerning God's voice in prayer and growing in holiness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: In a world filled with noise and distractions, how is it possible to slow down and spend time listening for God's voice? Regular prayer is essential for our salvation. We... Read More

Discover Your Next Mission From God

Description: How can we properly discern God's will in our lives? To find the answer, Dan and Melissa search heaven and earth as they speak with author Julie Onderko about her book Discover Your Next Mission from God: Saints who found God's will – and how you can too.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can I know God's will in my life? God uses ordinary means to speak to us in our... Read More

Emotions in Prayer

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? How... Read More

Discover Your Next Mission From God

Description: How can we properly discern God's will in our lives? To find the answer, Dan and Melissa search heaven and earth as they speak with author Julie Onderko about her book Discover Your Next Mission from God: Saints who found God's will – and how you can too.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can I know God's will in my life? God uses ordinary means to speak to us in our... Read More

Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie

January 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Discernment, Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

Guidance for Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie   There is a movie coming out of Martin Scorsese called, Silence. It was screened by The Vatican, I think. It is about how the Jesuits were evangelizing Japan, and all the socio-economic and cultural challenges, related to trade etc. occurring at that time. Since it is about Faith, do you have a resource that analyzes where the... Read More

How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?

How Can a Married Man Truly Love the Lord with ALL his Strength?   Fr John, if one is a married man with family to support, how can he truly love the Lord with ALL of his strength, when what bugs him most is raising his family? Is taking full care of the home reason enough to decline service in the parish or some religious organization where there certainly would be an equal demand for his time? This... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I've grown spiritually, I don't read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don't seem as interesting, and two, they don't seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds our daily activities... Read More

Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What to do? (II of II)

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part II of II) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we looked at the battle raging in the world since the beginning of time up until now, and the first thing we can about these circumstances, though our emotions may be contradictory.  Today we will examine the second thing we can do.  Here is the question we are examining, from one of our readers: Dear... Read More

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