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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: “Not to the East, but to the West”

November 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Claire Dwyer, God's Will, Obedience, Saints

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini must have been a flexible soul.  Several times in her life, God asked her to pivot in her plans and follow him in directions she had not thought to discern.  But through her obedience, the Lord did amazing things – and now she is honored as the first American citizen to be canonized, and the patron saint of immigrants.  In the United States, we celebrate her feast day on November 13. She was... Read More

How Do We Remain in the Word?

October 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, FEATURED, Free Will, Freedom, God's Word

How do we remain in the Word? The night before He died, Christ commanded his disciples to remain in Him – and explained that  this means to keep His Word. (See John 15.) Obeying this command goes beyond any moralism or fulfillment of a minimal obligation. Minimalism does not keep the Word – for the Word, in its sheer grandeur and inexhaustible wonder, is maximal. We need to live with a maximal response if we are to... Read More

The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage

The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage

How did the Catholic Church heal this divide? What brought a loving Protestant couple's marriage to ruins and how did the Catholic Church heal this divide? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. David Anders about his book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What converted David from a staunch Protestant background to find the beauty and truth of the... Read More

Gentle Evangelization

    “How beautiful you are, my friend, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are doves behind your veil… Like a scarlet strand, your lips, and your mouth—lovely! Like pomegranate halves, your cheeks behind your veil.” Songs 4:1,3       I'm a frequent visitor of art museums. From modern minimalism, to rococo ornamentation, to the still-life portraits of the Dutch, I love it all. As an... Read More

Resurrection Moments – God’s Easter Word to Us

Resurrection Moments God's Easter Word to Us   My grandmother, whom I affectionately called ‘Meme’ was filled with love. I grew especially close to her since for the last twenty years of her life she suffered from near-blindness. I helped her with her mail, her bookkeeping, and when I was old enough to drive, I took her shopping and to Mass. Our conversations were unforgettable, and she taught me so much in those formative... Read More

Prayer, God’s Will, & Helping the Suffering

Prayer, God's Will, and Helping the Suffering   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will, and prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them? Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to “Love God and do what you will” and St. Ignatius' rule... Read More

How Do We Avoid Distractions In Prayer?

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, God's Love, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Show Notes

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa reflect on God's intense, personal love for each individual soul and answer the question: “How do we avoid distractions in prayer?” Topics/Questions covered in the show: Reflections on the pure, unconditional, personal love with which the Creator formed each, unique human being. A life filled with earthly wealth may lead to comfort, but a humble life oriented to God will lead... Read More

Joy in God’s Will

Description: How can we find joy in God's will for us? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the role of Our Lady in the spiritual life and the importance of humility. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why would anyone look outside of the Church for spiritual sustenance? Why is St. Thérèse of Lisieux so important in our time? Why should anyone read her writings? Why is St.... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor's Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles' post about the prominence of the Cross in Venerable Cardinal Van Thuan's life. Though... Read More

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God's Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action, between spiritual growth and... Read More

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