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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

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

An Integrated Approach to Depression

An Integrated Approach to Depression The Catholic Guide 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... Read More

The Long Dark Night of Mother Teresa

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Books, Charlie McKinney, Dark Night

Saints have told of their spiritual torments and feelings of abandonment by God. In the sixteenth century, St. John of the Cross described the experience as “the dark night of the soul.” But we would be hard-pressed to find another saint who suffered a darkness so thick or a night so long as Mother Teresa suffered. John of the Cross and others wrote poems and spiritual canticles to describe their sufferings in God’s absence... Read More

How Can World News Affect Our Lives?

Description: How can the world news affect our lives? How does one determine if he or she is experiencing spiritual aridity? Today, Dan and Melissa answer these question as they discuss an e-mail from a listener. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Could over consumption of news be considered sinful? Why is it detrimental for faithful Catholics to focus incessantly on the problems within the Church? How does the account of... Read More

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