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Root Sin

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about root sin, as well as the difference between spiritual desolation and depression. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to determine our root sin or predominant fault? Can we have more than one root sin? What is the difference between spiritual desolation or the dark night of the soul, and depression... 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

Preparing for Lent Part 3

February 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Lent, Melissa Elson, Show Notes

Preparing for Lent Part 3 Preparing for Lent Part 3 Segment 1 Our last episode the discussion focused on preparing for Lent and participating in the sacraments during the Lenten season. Began talking about the “Spiritual Self Evaluation” chapter in Navigating the Interior Life. Sacraments are the foundation of our relationship with God, and prayer draws us more deeply into the sacraments. What... Read More

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? (Part I of II)

Dear Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters, I have long been dealing with a deep sadness and lack of joy in life.  The vortex of emotional suffering seems to revolve around my unanswered prayers for a spouse and romantic love, but when I look at myself honestly I see that I am not selfless enough to have been a good wife. I pray that the Lord changes my heart, and makes me a better person, and I am trying... Read More

The Rule of Three in the Battle Against Sin

Dear Dan, I am struggling with a recurring problem with anger that I can't seem to overcome. I have read books, tried to understand how it surfaces in me, prayed fervently (I am living in a state of grace outside of this problem). But I seem to be making no progress. I am very very very very very very very very frustrated. After years of observing intelligent, capable, and committed people work to... Read More

Predominant Fault (Root Sin) – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

Predominant Fault Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary Predominant Fault – The defect in us that tends to prevail over the others, and thereby over our manner of feeling, judging, sympathizing, willing, and acting. This defect has in each of us an intimate relation to our individual temperament (see Lagrange, Three Ages, Part 2, Chapter 22)     This Spiritual Dictionary... Read More

How Does a Person Accept God’s Mercy?

Dear Father John, I am helping a woman in her spiritual growth (mainly through helping her come up with a program of life), and something came up that I wanted to ask you about. She has shared with me some of what she regrets, and some of what she is having a hard time forgiving herself for. Intellectually she knows that God forgives, but she hasn't accepted His mercy into her heart. I am guessing... Read More

Navigating the New Year

December 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Root Sin, Rule of Life/Program of Life

Lay people often overlook a source of deep spirituality and safety. One of the spiritual secrets of those in the religious life is a kind of spiritual guardrail system that helps them to know the path of peace on a moment to moment basis. This wisdom-born approach has aided thousands of ordinary people to become saints and to experience the heights of union with the Lord in this life. One part of this... Read More

Thoughts: from the devil or just from my own mind?

March 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Discernment

Dear Dan, my thought life is sometimes out of control. When I get angry or disturbed it seems like these feelings press a “replay” button on the scenes of my struggle to the point where I want to scream to make it stop. Sometimes I lose lots of sleep. The tapes in my head replay what I should have said or could have said – what will I do in response etc. I guess my main question is how do... Read More

I Discovered my Root Sin is Vanity; I’m Struggling with This


Dear Father Edward, I just came to realize through spiritual direction, prayer and many graces that my root sin in vanity!!! And I am having a very hard time knowing this fact. I feel like God is now leaving me alone (not feeling His presence) to test me and I am struggling with this fact. How do I continue to keep my faith strong and deal with the everyday insecurities in myself that I face? People... Read More

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