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Contemplative Aridity

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about contemplative prayer and aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative aridity? How do you know that you are experiencing contemplative aridity? How should you respond to God when you are called to this state of prayer? How is contemplative prayer different from centering prayer? What happens during the simplicity and silence of contemplative... Read More

Return to Me

Return to Me* Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Joel 2:12-14 (an excerpt... Read More

How to Participate in the Eucharistic Prayer

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Christopher Carstens, Liturgy, Mass

Eucharistic

  You are a priest forever in the manner of Melchizedek. — Psalm 110:4 Near the center of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the famous image of Adam’s creation at the hand of God is a majestic reminder of our humble dependency on God for our very being. Whether as faithful pilgrims or curious tourists, the chapel’s guests can’t help but gaze up at this work of art. What do they see? Some see color, form,... Read More

Pray the Rosary More Effectively

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini for a second interview about how to pray the rosary more effectively through her book The Contemplative Rosary (co-authored by Dan Burke). Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is contemplative prayer? How is it different from vocal prayer? What are some signs that you may be experiencing contemplative prayer? How can vocal prayer and the rosary... Read More

Authentic Contemplative Prayer

January 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Contemplation, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini about authentic contemplative prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is authentic contemplative prayer? Why did Connie start the authentic contemplative prayer group? Why do we need to bring clarity to the realm of spirituality? What are the top three problems with centering prayer? How should we begin a prayer routine? What is “affective... Read More

The Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It implies above all that speech... Read More

The Little Oratory

January 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Leila Lawler, Prayer, Resources Edition, Show Notes

How can we make the home a place of peace and prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the book The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home with author Leila Lawler to help families orient their lives to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an oratory? How should one go about setting up his or her prayer space? Is a prayer corner or space expensive? What does it mean to develop a regular, daily... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but step by step.” And remember... Read More

Christian Prayer

January 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Grace, Prayer

Christian prayer is a true conversation with God. This holy dialogue is based on a real relationship between the Giver of all good gifts and the one who offers sacrifice, between the Protector and the one who seeks His will. Both the similarity and difference of the human person to God together create the boundaries for this relationship. Above the horizon of creation, the Creator draws His work to Himself. The Trinity, who is... Read More

Ascetical Theology, Finding a Spiritual Director, Distractions in Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and dealing with distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is ascetical theology? What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology? What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross? Is it a good idea to connect with... Read More

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