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Lenten Melancholy Versus Easter Joy

I have a question: Why is it that during Lent I am so melancholy – and I don't seem to be getting [out] of it [like I were under attack] until Easter morning. It happens every year as long as I can remember – I am now 80. It would be boasting to say that I partake in my Lord's suffering … so what is it? You are not alone. This is not so uncommon a phenomenon as you may think. Not... Read More

Integrated Approach to Depression

  Description: Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is depression? Can depression be treated through... Read More

An Integrated Approach to Depression

An Integrated Approach to Depression The Catholic Guide to Depression   Description: Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book The Catholic Guide to Depression to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.  Topics/Questions covered... Read More

The Solution to Your Sorrow

The Solution to Your Sorrow   It’s impossible to be selfish and happy at the same time.  I know this from experience, for if I’m honest with myself, I find the days that I am most miserable are the days that I am too focused on myself: on my problems, my frustrations, my weaknesses.  I’m certain the same is true for you.  Think about the last time you felt sad or weighed down.  Maybe... Read More

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don't bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel, where... Read More

What’s Wrong with “Crazy with Joy”? – Day 17, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about being crazy with joy? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXXXI Seville, August 12, 1575* To Doña Juana de Ahumada, Alba de Tormes Arrival of their two brothers at San Lucar. Death of Jerome de Cepeda and of Don Lorenzo’s wife. Father Gracian nominated Provincial. JESUS! However, the joys of this life... Read More

Envy: The No Win Sin (Part I of II)

February 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Envy, Patti Armstrong, Sin

Let’s play the “What if…” game. What if you just lost your job while your co-worker received a promotion and a big raise? Would you be happy for him? What if a parent that was often critical of your children, found out that her child was just caught for cheating? Would you feel the slightest bit of satisfaction? What if your child dropped out of school while a friend’s child was just... Read More

Your heartache is breaking you…

September 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Music, Videos

Your Heartache is Breaking You . . . I don't know about you but music and art speaks to me in ways that no stack of theology books can touch (even though I regularly and easily get lost in the sublimity of the writings of the saints). Reaching an even deeper level are those artists and lyrics that are true in art and theology. In these works of art we can completely rest and be led into the heart... Read More