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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 many are there? Why are there... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Presence of God – O Mary, Beauty of Carmel, make me worthy of your protection, clothe me with your scapular, and be the teacher of my interior life. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life. She, the Immaculate, full of grace from the first moment of her conception,... 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 confession? How often is “frequent”... 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 this book for military wives? What... Read More

Divine Omnipotence

Divine Omnipotence   Presence of God – O God, use Your almighty power to convert me entirely to Your love. MEDITATION “I am the Almighty God” (Genesis 17:1). With these words God revealed Himself to Abraham. God is all-powerful because He can do all that He wills; and this He can do as He wills, when He wills, without any limitations. “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, He hath done, in heaven, in earth, in the sea, and... 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 argument does Venerable... 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 Eucharist? What is the benefit... Read More

God’s Infinite Goodness is Diffusive

God's Infinite Goodness is Diffusive   Presence of God – O infinite Goodness, continually communicated to creatures, teach me how to imitate You. MEDITATION Goodness is not confined within itself; its characteristic is to diffuse itself, that is, to communicate itself to others, “bonum diffusivum sui,” good is diffusive of itself; the greater the good, the more it tends to diffuse itself. God is the supreme good; therefore,... Read More

The Gift of Infused Contemplation

How is it that the Holy Trinity dwells within each individual soul? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they discuss Divine Intimacy, Meditation #222 about why God chooses to dwell within the souls of His beloved creation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplation? What is the difference between natural and infused contemplation? What is the difference between acquired recollection and infused recollection? What... 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 us into a more full participation... Read More

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