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Suffering, Forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, FEATURED, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Suffering

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering, and the Holy Spirit. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice? How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer,... Read More

Did Catholics Manipulate the 10 Commandments? Invent New Sacraments?

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics... Read More

Distractions, Aridity, and Self-Knowledge

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge in overcoming sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer? Is contemplation the same as meditation? How important are short prayers throughout... Read More

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies (Part I)

What misunderstandings do non-Catholics have about Galileo or Catholics and the Bible? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to find out. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Dr. Verschuuren to write this book? Are many of the misunderstandings about the Catholic Church stem from not allowing... Read More

Beginning Prayer and Praying for Others

August 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Melissa Elson, Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about beginning prayer and praying for others. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Does God listen to our prayers when we are in a state of mortal sin? Is it worthwhile to pray for concrete things? How can we be assured our prayers are acceptable to God when we are distracted in prayer? Should a beginner start praying lectio... Read More

Christ Figures in Sci-Fi TV Shows & Movies (Part 2 of 2)

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lost. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Who was the most prominent Christ figure in Star Wars? What ideas from the Star Wars films mirrored Gnosticism? How did The Matrix also have Gnostic themes... Read More

Praying with the Church: The Liturgy of the Hours

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer, and the definition of contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration? How... Read More

Christ Figures in Sci-Fi TV Shows and Movies (Part 1 of 2)

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Jim Papandrea to write this book? Why do Christ figures keep arising in secular fiction and popular culture? Even though writer Ronald Moore fell away from the Catholic Faith, how... Read More

The Purgative to Illuminative Way, Sin, & Mental Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about transitioning from the purgative way to the illuminative way, recognizing sin, and the importance of mental prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do you know if you're making the transition between the purgative and illuminative way? How do we know if we are committing mortal or venial sin? If we had to choose... Read More

How Angels Help Us to Heaven

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. John Horgan to discuss the role of the angels in the Church and how they can help us to heaven. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Fr. Horgan to write His Angels at Our Side? How do the angels lead us into prayer? What are some of the most common misunderstandings about angels? What are “choirs” of angels and how... Read More

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