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Not Excusing Oneself

Not Excusing Oneself   Presence of God – O Jesus, who willed to be silent before him who condemned You to death, teach me the art of not excusing myself. MEDITATION In any failure, fault, or personal error, our ego instinctively tries to excuse itself. It is the tactic of pride–which is not willing to admit its mistakes and schemes–to hide them under more or less false pretexts, always finding some way to blame... Read More

How Deadly Sins Affect Our Relationship with God

February 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Capital Sins, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Which sins are the most detrimental to our relationship with God? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discover the answer to this question as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the seven deadly sins and where are they in the Bible? Why are these sins “deadly”? Who are some of the key figures in... Read More

How Can I Overcome Habitual Sin? Can Fasting Help?

Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are attachments and disordered attachments? What are the steps to overcoming habitual sin? What role does fasting from food play in overcoming habitual sin? Is it okay to fast for both spiritual and physical reasons simultaneously? Resources: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic Radio Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation EWTN Religious Catalogue – online Navigating... Read More

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent

December 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Anthony Lilles, Meditations: Seasonal, Prayer, Sin

Dealing with Sin – A Pathway for Prayer in Advent   God wants to help us deal with sin but He waits for us to come to Him, to invite Him, to welcome Him. Advent is a time for doing just that. Opening our hearts to the Lord with contrition-filled prayer is the most important thing we can do to prepare for the joy of Christmas. Not to do so is to prefer to live in self-contradiction, a cold dark misery not worthy of human... 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

The Seven Deadly Sins Part 2

Description: If we find ourselves under the influence of one or many of the seven deadly sins, how can we break free and live virtuous lives? Dr. Kevin Vost returns to answer this question and more as he joins Dan and Melissa to discuss his book The Seven Deadly Sins. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the difference between the deadly sin of sloth and a psychological issue such as depression? Which sin does St.... Read More

The Seven Deadly Sins Pt 1: Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice & Sin

Description: Which sins are the most detrimental to our relationship with God? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore the answer to this question as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What are the seven deadly sins and where are they in the Bible? Why are these sins “deadly?” Who are some of the key... Read More

Overcoming Sinful Anger

July 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Anger, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes, Sin

Description: How does anger play a role in your life and more importantly in your salvation? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Fr. Thomas Morrow about his book Overcoming Sinful Anger: How to Master Your Emotions & Bring Peace to Your Life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What constitutes sinful anger? Is there righteous anger? If someone believes anger is simply a part of his or her personality, will they ever... Read More

Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics like Saint Teresa of Ávila... Read More

Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner that not even God can forgive... Read More

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