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An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins

An Examination of Conscience for Venial Sins   OK. So, you receive regular spiritual direction, you frequent the sacraments, you fast and pray and spend time in adoration. You attend daily Mass, or at least more often than just Sunday Mass (and Holy Days of Obligation). You're not committing mortal sin. You confess your venial sins during regular confession. At times, you feel like what's 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

Melancholic Temperaments, Desires, Temptations, God’s Will

Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about melancholic temperaments, desires versus temptations, and discerning God's will. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can someone keep a melancholic, emotional temperament under control? What is wrong with the Buddhist practice of “mindfulness” popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn? What is the examen prayer? What... Read More

From Humdrum to Holy

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Ed Broom about attaining holiness in everyday life in his book From Humdrum to Holy.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an Oblate of the Virgin Mary? Can anyone become holy? Is sainthood attainable in this life? How do prayer and participating in the sacraments play a role in becoming holy? What are some practical steps for the average... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 2

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 2 Dan and Melissa discuss the second rule of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits, focusing on movement toward God and recognizing the effect of the enemy on our spiritual progress. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Discernment of Spirits – Rule 2: “In persons who are going on intensely purifying their sins and rising from good to better in... Read More

Preparing for Lent Part 3

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Lent, Melissa Elson, Show Notes

Preparing for Lent Part 3 Preparing for Lent Part 3 Segment 1 Our last episode the discussion focused on preparing for Lent and participating in the sacraments during the Lenten season. Began talking about the “Spiritual Self Evaluation” chapter in Navigating the Interior Life. Sacraments are the foundation of our relationship with God, and prayer draws us more deeply into the sacraments. What... Read More

Examination of Conscience

Examination of Conscience   Presence of God – O Lord, cast a ray of light on my soul, so that I may be able to see myself as You see me and as You judge me. MEDITATION To insure an orderly and progressive growth in the spiritual life, we must know ourselves. We have to consider our sins, our weak points, our evil tendencies, as well as the progress we have already made, the favorable results... Read More

Particular Examen – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

PARTICULAR EXAMEN: Regular prayerful examination of one's conscience by concentrating on some one particular moral failing to be overcome or virtue to be exercised.  Its focus is on such external manifestations of the fault or virtue as can be remembered for periodic inventory.  Particular examens are changed weekly, monthly, or otherwise in order to ensure maximum attention.  They are also commonly... Read More

Examen – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

November 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Conscience Exam, Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

EXAMEN: Reflection in God's presence on one's state of soul that has some reference to a specific adopted standard of conduct (i.e. Rule of Life or commitments etc.) This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here. + What is spiritual direction and my spiritual direction?... Read More

Examen: Particular – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

EXAMEN – PARTICULAR: Regular prayerful examination of one's conscience by concentrating on some one particular moral failing to be overcome or virtue to be exercised.  Its focus is on such external manifestations of the fault or virtue as can be remembered for periodic inventory.  Particular examens are changed weekly, monthly, or otherwise in order to ensure maximum attention.  They are also... Read More

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