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The Trinity in Our Souls

June 22, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Holy Trinity, Melissa Elson, Show Notes

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: “Jesus not only came to reveal the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, but also to establish the ties of closest friendship between our souls and the three divine persons.”... 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 the congregation called to participate... 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 we only read sacred Scripture... 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 to youth ministry? Specifically,... Read More

The Best Conditions for Daily Prayer

Where should we pray and how much time should we spend in prayer? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and how to determine the best circumstances for your daily prayer experience. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How can one benefit from having a designated prayer space in his or her home? How can icons or spiritual objects help us during our mental... Read More

The Purpose of the Offertory of the Mass

What is the purpose of the Offertory during Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how we can unite our hearts to God's during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Offertory? How do we prepare our hearts to offer them as a sacrifice to God? What is the common misconception of “sacrifice”? Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI describes... Read More

The Transition from Meditation to Contemplation

What is really happening when it feels like God is distancing Himself from us in our prayer lives? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How is prayer progressive in its nature? Our goal with prayer is union with God. Why do most people have trouble understanding... Read More

Listening to the Readings at Mass

How can we truly hear and understand the Word of God at Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the most effective way to listen to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What does it mean to hear the readings at Mass? What is the sacramental principle? St. Benedict proposes that we listen to the Word of God with the “ears of our... Read More

Dispositions Involved in Establishing a Prayer Life

May 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God and the efforts and dispositions involved in establishing a prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why are prayer and the liturgy attacked so frequently in our time? Love is a matter of will not of feelings. How should one go about advancing in prayer if he or she is authentically trying to love God? The... Read More

The Beautiful Collect of the Mass

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the beauty of the opening prayer (or collect) of the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? Why is the opening prayer of the Mass so important? What should be happening during the opening prayer? How is it possible that a God that doesn't need us thirsts... Read More

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