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Can my care, be considered a prayer?

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the Avila Institute's High Calling Program, holiness, caring for a sick spouse and talking during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Avila Institute's High Calling Program? What should we do when we are impatient when asking God to make us holy? When one cares for a sick spouse and cannot pray, is the care being... Read More

What is spiritual gluttony? Dan Burke answers on new episode of Divine Intimacy Radio.

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about prayer, distractions at Mass, conversation with God, spiritual gluttony and the timeline of spiritual progress. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does “let us bless the Lord” mean the Liturgy of the Hours? What should we do when we are distracted at Mass after receiving Holy Communion? St. Teresa of Avila says prayer... Read More

Have you heard these lies? You can set the record straight.

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 5 Do Catholics really worship statues and live by rituals? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part five of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Do Catholics worship statues? Why did the Catholic Church include statues and stained glass in its churches? What... Read More

Divine Intimacy Radio – Questions and Answers with Dan Burke

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the dark night of the soul, lectio divina, concentration during prayer and the differences between the purgative and illuminative stages of prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Must we all experience the dark night of the soul at some point in our interior lives? What should we do during the “contemplatio” step... Read More

Is there a demonic attack against priests? New Divine Intimacy Radio Episode

“Is there a demonic attack against priests?“ Is there a demonic attack against priests? Why emphasize prayer rather than action during this turbulent time in the Church? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with the author, Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests to address these questions and more.  Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Foundation... Read More

Wisdom of the Carmelites and dealing with crisis

September 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Difficulties, FEATURED, Show Notes

Wisdom of the Carmelites and dealing with crisis

Wisdom of the Carmelites and dealing with crisis. Explore the wisdom of the Carmelites as Dan Burke answers your questions regarding dealing with the crisis in the Church, mental prayer, consolations, mortification of the senses and infused recollection. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do we know where the true shepherds reside within the Church in light of the current scandals? What does... Read More

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 4 – Do Catholics worship Mary?

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 4 – Do Catholics worship Mary?

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 4 Why do Catholics call priests Father? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest instead of directly to God? Do Catholics really worship Mary? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part four of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Jesus says to call no man... Read More

Sin, Gluttony, and The Dark Night

Sin, Gluttony, and The Dark Night

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer questions from listeners about sin and imperfections, “the dark night,” and spiritual gluttony. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the difference between venial sins and imperfections? How does personal sin affect others? What should we do if the news draws us to despair? What is “the dark night” that St. John of the Cross... Read More

Is the Occasion of Sin a Sin?

June 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Direction

I was watching a video on YouTube not too long ago. On it, I was disturbed to hear a priest say, or intimate, that the occasion of sin was itself a sin. That’s never occurred to me. It sounds so strange and it seems like, in a scrupulous person, it could fuel scrupulosity. What’s the bottom line? Is the occasion of sin itself actually a sin? Could it be a sin sometimes? And, sometimes not? Does... Read More

Is Group Spiritual Direction a Good Thing?

June 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

What do you think about group spiritual direction which is in vogue in some circles today? Is that a good way to get spiritual direction? Thank you for your time in answering my question. The essence of spiritual direction is the relationship between the spiritual director and the directee. The interaction and dialogue that happens in that relationship is deeply personal and personalized. Discerning... Read More

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