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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

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

How to Sustain Deep and Meaningful Prayer

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into, and sustain, a deep and meaningful prayer life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: How important is perseverance in prayer and why? What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life? What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe? Should we only read sacred Scripture... Read More

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

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

Integrated Approach to Depression

  Description: Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is depression? Can depression be treated through spiritual means alone? What is... Read More

Root Sin

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about root sin, as well as the difference between spiritual desolation and depression. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to determine our root sin or predominant fault? Can we have more than one root sin? What is the difference between spiritual desolation or the dark night of the soul, and depression or sadness? Is spiritual... Read More

Passive Purification

Passive Purification   Presence of God– My God, illumine my way, that I may not go astray in the midst of the darkness of tribulation. MEDITATION Although it is possible for us to enter the night of the spirit by a generous practice of total renunciation and an intense exercise of the theological virtues, we will never be able to penetrate into its deepest part if God Himself does not place us there. Only He can deepen... Read More

Prayer, Spiritual Desolation, and Internet Addiction

Prayer, Spiritual Desolation, and Internet Addiction   Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about prayer commitments, incorporating intercessions into our prayer time, repetitious prayer, spiritual desolation, and internet addiction. Topics/Questions covered in the show: If we struggle with establishing a morning prayer routine, what can we do to be more successful? We must condition... Read More

Salvation, the Scapular, and Spiritual Darkness

Salvation, the Scapular, and Spiritual Darkness   Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the scapular, the difference between Protestant and Catholic views of salvation, and spiritual darkness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can one go about supporting Divine Intimacy Radio and the Avila Institute? Why do some people wear the scapular visibly? Shouldn't the scapular be warn under clothing? How... Read More

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