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Awakening The Awareness of the Divine in Your Life

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Fr. William Watson about awakening the awareness of The Divine in your life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the purpose of the Forty Weeks book and retreat? How will an emphasis on confession and self-examination assist one in his or her journey to God? How was St. Ignatius awakened to God's presence in his life? What... Read More

Emotions in Prayer & Bringing Loved Ones to Christ

  Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian at some point in his or her journey of faith ends up asking the question: How do I know when the thoughts I have are from God? Discerning the will of God is not always easy to do, but the Ignatian tradition of discernment of spirits can help. Íñigo López de Loyola was a soldier who experienced... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14: The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves... Read More

Ignatian Spirituality Series

Ignatian Spirituality Series Dear Friends, Although our site heavily favors Carmelite spirituality, this is not to say that Ignatian spirituality is to be discounted.  In fact, the Discernment of Spirits, which Saint Ignatius of Loyola — the founder of the Jesuits — developed, is an excellent tool for discernment, spiritual direction, and other such endeavors. Ignatian spirituality is... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 13: False Quiet

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius' thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 11: Personal Voyages of Consolation and Desolation

Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits have impacted their personal voyages. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa. Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 9: Aridity vs Desolation

Description: On today's show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius' “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of our being... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 7: Resisting Enemy Agitation

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss Discernment of Spirits: Rule 7. This seventh rule encourages the soul seeking God to resist any agitations put forth by the enemy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Seventh Rule. “The seventh: Let him who is in desolation consider how the Lord has left him in trial in his natural powers, in order to resist the different agitations and temptations... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 4: Spiritual Desolation

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 4 Spiritual Desolation On this week's episode, Dan and Melissa explore the meaning of spiritual desolation and how to recognize it through the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 4 – “I call [spiritual] desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet... Read More

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