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Awakening The Awareness of the Divine in Your Life

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Fr. William Watson about awakening the awareness of The Divine in your life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the purpose of the Forty Weeks book and retreat? How will an emphasis on confession and self-examination assist one in his or her journey to God? How was St. Ignatius awakened to God's presence in his life? What is the idea behind The Whole-Life... Read More

Aridity, Prayer Methods, Examen Prayer

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about the best methods of prayer, about aridity, and the examen prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: If there is limited time for silent prayer each day, what is the best way to pray during that time (Lectio Divina, spiritual reading, rosary, etc.)? What is aridity? How should one pray while experiencing aridity in the spiritual life? Why does... Read More

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

New Day, New Blessings

October 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Examen, Fr. Najim, Spiritual Direction

To say that I love being a high school chaplain is an understatement. As I walk the halls of La Salle Academy, I’m often reminded of the verse from Psalm 16, “He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in his land.” I truly love the students that the Lord has entrusted to my spiritual care. As a “father” to the students, I often challenge them to think and act differently. So, for example,... Read More

Examination of Conscience

March 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Examen, Lent

Examination of Conscience   Presence of God – O Lord, cast a ray of light on my soul, so that I may be able to see myself as You see me and as You judge me. MEDITATION To insure an orderly and progressive growth in the spiritual life, we must know ourselves. We have to consider our sins, our weak points, our evil tendencies, as well as the progress we have already made, the favorable results we have attained, and our... Read More

Graces Given by God

May 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Examen, Fr. Bartunek, Grace, Practicing Presence, Prayer

Dear Father John, I have started saying a daily Morning Offering Prayer in which I ask God with the help of His Grace that I remain all day in a spirit of praise and thanksgiving and that all of my actions be for the purpose of doing His will. However, I find I cannot remain in this spirit all day with the normal pressures of everyday life to deal with that can take my mind off of God. Does God withhold his Grace for whatever... Read More