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Listening to the Readings at Mass

How can we truly hear and understand the Word of God at Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the most effective way to listen to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does it mean to hear the readings at Mass? What is the sacramental principle? St. Benedict proposes that we listen to the Word of... 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

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” – EWTN Bookmark Show

November 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Connie Rossini, Dan Burke, Liz Estler, Prayer, Rosary, Videos

Dan Burke Talks “The Contemplative Rosary” EWTN Bookmark Show Dan Burke Hello faithful readers! Today, we are pleased to present a terrific treat. We're going to eavesdrop on Doug Keck's EWTN Bookmark show interview of the prolific and peripatetic Dan Burke. This delightful episode is all about Dan's latest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila, which... Read More

Despair, Discernment, and Distractions in Prayer

Description: Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about despair, discernment, and distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do we discern or recognize if we're under spiritual attack? How should one discern his or her vocation? How does mental prayer affect our ability to discern properly? How can we properly discern the truth from lies in our thoughts? How can... Read More

Obedience, Prayer Methods, Spiritual Consolations

Obedience, Prayer Methods, and Spiritual Consolations   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about prayer methods, obedience to Church teaching, and spiritual consolations. Topics/Questions covered in the show: When time is limited, what is the best way to pray when we are given so many options in the Church such as the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, Lectio Divina,... Read More

Following the Star

January 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Epiphany, Solemnity

Following the Star   Epiphany is a celebration of the manifestation of the Lord to the whole world.  Pope St. Leo says it is the day that Abraham saw and longed to see.  This celebration includes the mystery of a radiant star whose mysterious light draws pilgrims from afar. It is a light that shows, discloses and reveals where those who seek the Lord might find him. The radiant splendor of... Read More

A Personal Prayer Journey

Description: This week Dan and Melissa delve deeper into a personal prayer journey (Melissa's) and address some of the difficulties that have occurred along the way. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is reading Scripture necessary for a strong prayer life? Renewal in the Church begins interiorly and peacefully. How can we “pray without ceasing” as the Church Fathers suggest? Is... Read More

Personal Stories: Difficulties & Progress in Prayer

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa share their personal stories of difficulties and progress in prayer and how we can overcome these obstacles to God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How have Dan’s Into the Deep parish events impacted its participants? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Philippians chapter 1, verse 6, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work... Read More

Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer

Description: Dan and Melissa answer listener questions on discerning God's voice in prayer and spiritual reading versus scriptural reading during prayer time. Topics/Questions covered on the show: Common questions on discerning God's voice in prayer. If we can meditate more easily on spiritual reading rather than Scripture, should we only pray using spiritual reading? How do we know if we are hearing... Read More

Navigating Channels of Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

How to Navigate the Channels of Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina Description: Dan and Melissa discuss how to navigate the channels of discovery prayer (or Lectio Divina) and how to best deal with various situations that arise in prayer. Topics/Questions covered on the show: If your prayer time has ended, what should you do if you are not finished with all five steps of discovery prayer? While... Read More

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