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10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer   “A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.” Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted. “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said. We are humans not robots, so complete mental focus is not ours to be had but sitting in Mass or to set aside time for prayer and... Read More

Expectations in the Interior Life

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about spiritual consolations, feelings, expectations in the interior life, and confusion in the Church. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does Dan give speaking events outside of the United States? Why should we not desire consolations in prayer? What happens if we go to prayer expecting consolations? What role do feelings... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, Spiritual Aridity – Part 2

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer

Today, in part two of a special two-part interview Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about establishing a successful prayer life and entering into contemplation. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are a few of the most common pitfalls or difficulties that lay people experience in prayer and how can they be avoided? Poverty and humility in prayer is most affective in building a strong... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, Spiritual Aridity – Part 1

Today, in part one of a special two-part interview, Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about prayer, the theological virtues and spiritual aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the most powerful prayer? How should the virtues of faith, hope and love be incorporated into my prayer life? How does reading Scripture passages help us grow in faith? How can we build faith, hope... Read More

Rule of Life: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 20

Having a Rule of Life 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 20 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   Listen to reflections on letters from St. Teresa of Avila found in Dan Burke's book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. In today's show, Dan and Melissa answer the questions: What is a rule of life? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Topics/Questions covered in the show: Motivation vs. structure when... Read More

Carrying Out Works of Mercy

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CARRYING OUT WORKS OF MERCY Dear Fr. John, Sometimes, when I set out to do some work of mercy, such as go to a funeral or help someone out, all of a sudden, I feel ill. I have the good intention but feel physically lousy and not able to carry it out. In other words, this is not coming from me but it makes me wonder… Ruling out medical issues, how do I know whether this is an indication from the... Read More

The Plague of Pride

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Interior Freedom (Week 5 of 5) Here it is worth reflecting on the problem of pride. We are all born with a deep wound, experienced as a lack of being. We seek to compensate by constructing a self different from our real self. This artificial self requires large amounts of energy to maintain it; being fragile, it needs protecting. Woe to anyone who contradicts it, threatens it, questions it, or inhibits... Read More

True Freedom Through Prayer

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Patti Armstrong, Prayer

“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things.... Read More

Tomorrow Can Take Care of Itself

March 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Interior Freedom (Week 4 of 5) It's so, SO easy to worry. Here I live, completely spoiled by the riches around me, and yet…and yet, I worry. I gnaw my nails. I fret. If it's a mistake to add the burden of the past to the weight of the present, it's a still worse mistake to burden the present with the future. The remedy for that tendency is to meditate on the lesson contained in the Gospel about... Read More

Love – Gone to the Dogs?

March 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Interior Freedom (Week 3 of 5) In the present moment, because of his infinitely merciful love, we always have the possibility of starting again, not impeded by the past, or tormented by the future. The past is in the hands of the Merciful God, who can draw benefit from everything: the future is in the hands of the Providence of God who will never forget us. Faith keeps us from living as many people... Read More

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