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Did Catholics Manipulate the 10 Commandments? Invent New Sacraments?

August 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics manipulated the Ten Commandments? Did... Read More

Distractions, Aridity, and Self-Knowledge

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge in overcoming sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer? Is contemplation the same as meditation? How important are short prayers throughout the day? What if memories occupy... Read More

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies (Part I)

What misunderstandings do non-Catholics have about Galileo or Catholics and the Bible? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to find out. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Dr. Verschuuren to write this book? Are many of the misunderstandings about the Catholic Church stem from not allowing the Church to define her own... Read More

Christ Figures in Sci-Fi TV Shows & Movies (Part 2 of 2)

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lost. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Who was the most prominent Christ figure in Star Wars? What ideas from the Star Wars films mirrored Gnosticism? How did The Matrix also have Gnostic themes and ideas? Which superheroes... Read More

Praying with the Church: The Liturgy of the Hours

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer, and the definition of contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration? How do religious brothers,... Read More

Christ Figures in Sci-Fi TV Shows and Movies (Part 1 of 2)

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Jim Papandrea to write this book? Why do Christ figures keep arising in secular fiction and popular culture? Even though writer Ronald Moore fell away from the Catholic Faith, how did religion keep surfacing throughout... Read More

The Purgative to Illuminative Way, Sin, & Mental Prayer

July 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about transitioning from the purgative way to the illuminative way, recognizing sin, and the importance of mental prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How do you know if you're making the transition between the purgative and illuminative way? How do we know if we are committing mortal or venial sin? If we had to choose between going to Mass, praying... Read More

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

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

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