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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

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

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, Melissa Elson, 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

St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

 St Bernard's Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we allow the Lord to preoccupy us... Read More

The Hidden Life

The Hidden Life   Presence of God– O Jesus, hidden God, teach me the secret of the hidden life. MEDITATION During His life on earth, Jesus chose to conceal His divinity under the veil of His humanity. Except on very rare occasions — and this is especially true during the thirty years preceding His apostolate — He never allowed His greatness, His wisdom, or His omnipotence to be manifest. Later, during the years of His... Read More

Away with Spiritual Envy!

July 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Envy, Humility, Trust in God

Away with spiritual envy! It's so easy to be influenced by the attitudes of the culture. We fight against a utilitarian attitude when we fight assisted suicide and euthanasia. We know that being is more important than doing. Yet, in our own lives, we often feel unworthy when we see all our weaknesses. Spiritual envy and despair are twin sisters. One says, “It's not fair! I don't have the graces that God gave someone else!... Read More

Why Porn and Marriage Don’t Mix

Why Porn and Marriage Don’t Mix Even the non-religious world is coming to understand that pornography is not good for anyone. In the [TED] talk The Great Porn Experiment, Gary Wilson presents studies and images of the brain to clearly show how damaging it is. In spite of these revelations, it’s being promoted in unexpected circles as a good thing for couples in a committed relationship. For instance, The Huffington Post, a... Read More

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