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Melancholic Temperaments, Desires, Temptations, God’s Will

Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about melancholic temperaments, desires versus temptations, and discerning God's will. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can someone keep a melancholic, emotional temperament under control? What is wrong with the Buddhist practice of “mindfulness” popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn? What is the examen prayer? What is the difference between desires... Read More

Emotions in Prayer

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? How can I encourage... Read More

Are You Looking to Re-invigorate Your Parish?

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Debbie Aguiar, Discernment of Spirits, Events, Prayer

Do you want to help your parish or friends deepen their faith and learn to hear and follow the voice of God in their lives? Would you like to see those you love learn how the enemy can influence them and how they can be set free? Dan Burke’s events have drawn thousands to a deeper relationship with God. Dan is a man broken by sin and loved and redeemed by God. Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, SpiritualDirection.com,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14: The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves as a chief bent on conquering... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 13: False Quiet

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius' thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed.... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 11: Personal Voyages of Consolation and Desolation

Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits have impacted their personal voyages. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa. Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship with Christ? Is a daily examination... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 10: Spiritual Desolation Prep

Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa explore what it means to prepare oneself for spiritual desolation and to place one's confidence in God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 10: “The tenth: Let him who is in consolation think how he will be in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for then.” When in consolation, how do we prepare ourselves for upcoming... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 9: Aridity vs Desolation

Description: On today's show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius' “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of our being tepid, lazy or negligent in our... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Overview & Lectio Divina Guide

Discernment of Spirits Overview … and a Guide to Lectio Divina Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast June 24, 2016   Description of the show: In this broadcast, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson do an overview of the discernment of spirits.  In their discussion, they examine the characteristics of God working in the soul versus the characteristics of Satan attacking the soul. They also explore the practice of meditative... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 8: In Desolation, Work Towards Patience

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits: Rule 8 and his exhortation to work at achieving patience during desolation, looking ahead to the inevitable end of our suffering and returning to consolation with God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Eighth Rule. “Let him who is in desolation labor to be in patience, which is contrary to the vexations which come to him: and... Read More

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