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Prayer as a Battle

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss prayer as a battle and give strategies to combat the forces that interfere with progress in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is prayer referred to as “a battle” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Distractions can be a serious setback for those seeking to advance in prayer. What types of distractions are the most detrimental? What are some strategies to... Read More

Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina – Step 2: Reflection

Description: This week Dan and Melissa dissect Melissa's prayer experience with the Parable of the Prodigal Son and apply it to the steps of discovery prayer, focusing on step two of discovery prayer: reflection. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Saint Peter cast his net out into the deep when instructed by Jesus and was abundantly blessed. The same is true for our prayer lives. We must have the same faith and trust in God... Read More

Elements of Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

Description: This week Dan Burke and Melissa Elson delve more deeply into the first steps and elements of discovery prayer (or Lectio Divina) as explained in Dan's book Into the Deep. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How should we enter into prayer? What prayers are the best ones to begin our sacred time with God? Keep all distracting electronic devices out of your prayer space. What is the best pace for saying vocal and/or... Read More

Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

Description: Dan and Melissa reiterate the importance of prayer commitments, deepening the life of prayer, and the critical role of discovery prayer (also known as Lectio Divina) in this process. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is practicing mental prayer important? What is the purpose of a prayer commitment? The first step of discovery prayer is reading a short passage of Scripture or spiritual reading. How is reading... Read More

Making a Solemn Commitment to God

September 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: This week Dan and Melissa lay out the importance of making a solemn commitment to God as a step to building a successful prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do we discern God's voice from our own during prayer? How can we add spiritual reading to a busy schedule? Why is making a solemn commitment to God important in the spiritual life? What is the best way to go about making this commitment? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com –... Read More

Sacred Elements of Prayer

September 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss the three sacred elements of prayer and how understanding them aids in the progress of the prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Heeding the advice of the saints by establishing three key elements to one's prayer life will vastly improve his or her prayer experience. These three key elements include sacred time, space and attention. What is the best time of day to pray? Why... Read More

Introducing Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina

Introducing Discovery Prayer or Lectio Divina   Description: This week Dan and Melissa provide the layout for a successful experience in prayer by introducing discovery prayer, also known as Lectio Divina. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The spiritual Doctors of the Church describe mental prayer as being essential to a successful prayer life. By praying discovery prayer with the Gospels, one will encounter Christ,... Read More

Prayer and the Heights of Holiness

September 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Holiness, Into the Deep, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Prayer and the Heights of Holiness   Description: Praying is not reserved only for holy souls. All souls need prayer to bring them to the heights of holiness. On this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa stress that the most crucial element of beginning a prayer routine is to pray! Topics/Questions covered in the show: If someone wants to establish a lasting, meaningful prayer life, he must jump in and... Read More

Into the Deep: Finding Peace Through Prayer by Dan Burke

September 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Prayer, Resources

Into the Deep: Finding Peace Through Prayer by Dan Burke   Do you want to improve in your prayer life? The answer is undoubtedly yes. The saints teach us that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. The forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil can make it difficult to be faithful and persistent in prayer. Dan Burke knows the struggle. And, his new book Into the Deep: Finding Peace through Prayer examines the challenges... Read More

Why Pray? – Part III of III

August 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Into the Deep, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Why Pray? Part III of III   Description: Why pray? In this last installment of the Why Pray? series, Dan and Melissa discuss what prayer is and debunk the popular idea that prayer is just a means of attaining what we want.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is prayer? How do the saints describe a healthy, meaningful prayer life? How can we avoid treating God like a vending machine? What is the result of a deep... Read More

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