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Suffering, Forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, FEATURED, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Suffering

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering, and the Holy Spirit. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice? How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer, reaching God? Is God pleased... Read More

Prayer of St. Augustine in Aridity

“Lord, my God, You who are holy, look and see my affliction! Have pity on the child whom You have engendered in sorrow and do not consider my sins, lest you forget Your power over them. What father will not liberate his son? And what son has not been chastised by his father's compassionate rod? O Father and Lord, although I am a sinner, I am nonetheless Your child, because You have created and recreated me. Can a mother forget... Read More

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Assumption, Liz Estler, Mary, Solemnity

On the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From a Sermon by St. John Damascene Editor's Note: Although the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother was promulgated less than 75 years ago (1950), and is relatively new to those teachings which we, as Catholics, owe the assent of faith to, this excerpt from one of Saint John Damascene's homilies on the Assumption (from around the early 8th century) proves that belief in the... 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

The Paramount Importance of Daily Prayer – Part 10 Mini-Course on Prayer

August 9, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 10 – The Paramount Importance of Daily Prayer   Editor's Note: In part 9 of this series, David Torkington completed his “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, with the last two letters “E” (examination of conscience) and “R” (repentance). Today, he discusses the paramount importance of daily prayer and provides a summary and examples of what that prayer might... Read More

Beginning Prayer and Praying for Others

August 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Melissa Elson, Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about beginning prayer and praying for others. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Does God listen to our prayers when we are in a state of mortal sin? Is it worthwhile to pray for concrete things? How can we be assured our prayers are acceptable to God when we are distracted in prayer? Should a beginner start praying lectio divina with the daily Mass readings? Will... Read More

Examination of Conscience and Repentance – Part 9 Mini-Course on Prayer

August 2, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 9 “FATHER E “- Examination of Conscience Examination of Conscience and Repentance   Editor's Note: In Part 8 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters T (thanksgiving) and H (Holy Communion) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront of our lives. Today, he will conclude this portion of his mini-course... 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

Thanksgiving, Sacrifice, and Adoration – Part 8 Mini-Course on Prayer

July 26, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

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Mini-Course on Prayer Part 8 “FATHER T” – Thanksgiving Thanksgiving, Sacrifice, and Adoration   Editor's Note: In Part 7 of this mini-course, David Torkington examined the letters F (faith) and A (abandonment) in his explication of the “OUR FATHER” mnemonic, or memory jog, for keeping God and prayer at the forefront of our lives. Today, he continues with the letters T (thanksgiving) and H (Holy Communion). Continuing... 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

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