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Prayer, God’s Will, & Helping the Suffering

Prayer, God's Will, and Helping the Suffering   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will, and prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them? Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to “Love God and do what you will”... 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

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

Prayer at the End of Morning Prayer Time

August 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

Prayer at the End of Morning Prayer Time Thank You for Your love and Your grace in allowing me this time of prayer with You this morning. The world, the flesh, and the devil would all propose what I should focus on and run after today. I beg You to help me, instead, to know Your will. Help me to see what You desire of me each moment of this day. Give me the wisdom, strength and fortitude I need to... Read More

What’s Gritty, Gutsy, Requires Patience and is Absolutely Necessary? Granite Faith

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Granite Faith The Lord (Week 2 of 23) What is demanded of us, as of her, is a constant wrestling in fide with the mystery of God and with the evil resistance of the world. Our obligation is not delightful poetry but granite faith — more than ever in this age of absolutes in which the mitigating spell is falling from all things and naked opposites clash everywhere. The purer we see and understand... Read More

Joy in God’s Will

Description: How can we find joy in God's will for us? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the role of Our Lady in the spiritual life and the importance of humility. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why would anyone look outside of the Church for spiritual sustenance? Why is St. Thérèse of Lisieux so important in our time? Why should anyone... 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

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor's Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles' post about the prominence of the Cross in Venerable... Read More

What’s Needed to Fulfill the Will of God

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles contemplate St. Thérèse's understanding of the brevity of life and what is necessary to fulfill the will of God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does St. Thérèse mean when she says, “…life is a moment between two eternities”? How are there two eternities? How do we live life in the best way possible in... Read More

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God's Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action,... Read More

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