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The Purgative to Illuminative Way, Sin, & Mental Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about transitioning from the purgative way to the illuminative way, recognizing sin, and the importance of mental prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do you know if you're making the transition between the purgative and illuminative way? How do we know if we are committing mortal or venial sin? If we had to choose... Read More

How Angels Help Us to Heaven

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. John Horgan to discuss the role of the angels in the Church and how they can help us to heaven. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Fr. Horgan to write His Angels at Our Side? How do the angels lead us into prayer? What are some of the most common misunderstandings about angels? What are “choirs” of angels and how... Read More

Frequent Confession of Sin

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part 2 of a listener question and answer forum on frequent confession and the importance of confessing venial sins. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why does Venerable Pope Pius XII speak so strongly in favor of making frequent confessions of venial sin in his encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi? What is devotional confession? What is a reasonable request for... Read More

By Dawn’s Early Light: Prayers and Meditations for Catholic Military Wives

How can the wives of our brave soldiers cope with the stresses of life as their husbands leave to defend our great nation? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle to discuss the difficulties that accompany being a military wife and the hope that is offered through Our Lord and His Church. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Donna-Marie to write... Read More

Sin and Confession

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about the sacrament of reconciliation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What differentiates the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of the interior life? Why must one go to confession if he or she is detached from habitual mortal and venial sin? What is the purpose or benefit of confessing venial sins frequently? What... Read More

The Best Response to the Dismissal at Mass

What's wrong with leaving Mass after communion? Join Dan Burke and his co-host Melissa Elson today as they speak with liturgy expert Christopher Carstens to discuss the best response to the dismissal. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the significance of the dismissal at Mass? To what degree will we be changed spiritually if we open our hearts and minds to Jesus as we receive Him in the... Read More

Receiving the Eucharist with Humility

How can we receive the Eucharist in the most holy way? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with liturgy expert Christopher Carstens to discuss the humility necessary to receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When receiving the Holy Eucharist, what is the best virtue to exhibit in order to become saintly? How does humility bring... Read More

Bridge Building in the Eucharistic Prayer

Why is the Eucharistic Prayer one of the most active times during the liturgy? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how the faithful become bridge builders along with the priest to offer up our sacrifices during the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What do the faithful misunderstand most about participating in the Eucharistic Prayer? How is... Read More

How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How important is perseverance in prayer and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life? What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe? Should... Read More

Forming Young Disciples

Why are youth ministry programs failing to make lifelong disciples of our young people? Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Everett Fritz about his book The Art of Forming Young Disciples to discover how we can change our youth programs to effectively impact the next generation of Catholics. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What was the motivation to write this book? What are some current approaches... Read More

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