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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

The Sign of the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What three events happen during the liturgy? How do we understand the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? What does it mean to make the sign of the cross? How can the faithful enter into a more full/active... Read More

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