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How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How important is perseverance in prayer and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life? What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe? Should... Read More

The Best Conditions for Daily Prayer

Where should we pray and how much time should we spend in prayer? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and how to determine the best circumstances for your daily prayer experience. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How can one benefit from having a designated prayer space in his or her home? How can icons or spiritual... Read More

The Transition from Meditation to Contemplation

What is really happening when it feels like God is distancing Himself from us in our prayer lives? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How is prayer progressive in its nature? Our goal with prayer is union with God. Why do most people... Read More

Dispositions Involved in Establishing a Prayer Life

May 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the efforts and dispositions involved in establishing a prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why are prayer and the liturgy attacked so frequently in our time? Love is a matter of will not of feelings. How should one go about advancing in prayer if he or she is authentically... Read More

In The School of the Holy Spirit

May 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Holy Spirit, Nancy HC Ward

The Holy Spirit's School Nancy HC Ward Reviews Fr. Jacques Philippe's Book “In the School of the Holy Spirit”   Are you Pursuing a Plan for Holiness? In his book, In the School of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Jacques Philippe writes, “Holiness is not a program for life, but something obtained from God. We all have the power to become holy, simply because God lets himself be won over by the... Read More

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

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

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