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Ascetical Theology, Finding a Spiritual Director, Distractions in Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and dealing with distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is ascetical theology? What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology? What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross? Is it a good idea to connect with... Read More

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year?

January 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Prayer, Resources, Saints, Spiritual Direction

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year? Are you still racking your head to come up with several attainable New Year’s Resolutions? … or even with just one? Want to know something you can readily do throughout the year? Then follow this time-honored custom! Many religious orders have had a tradition of picking a saint to be their patron saint for the year. In fact, St. Faustina Kowalska writes about it in her diary: “Jesus likes... Read More

Saint Francis de Sales: Five Steps to a Good Morning

The mental activity described here is a shortened version of what St. Francis de Sales says of the morning exercise in his Introduction to the Devout Life. While its five parts appear at first to be rather detailed, this exercise is not intended to be painstaking or time-consuming. Rather, it can and should be done briefly, yet fervently, as a way to focus our thinking about the day that beckons. Since the preparation makes provision... Read More

Dangerous Mindfulness

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Susan Brinkmann about her book A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness to discover the truth about this increasingly popular, but dangerous practice. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why was it necessary to enlist the help of experts on Eastern religions to write this book? What is mindfulness? Where did it originate? Can the Buddhist influence on mindfulness be separated... 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

Ways We Can Prepare Our Hearts for Christmas

December 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes, Spiritual Direction

Description: What should we be doing spiritually to prepare for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and resources. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient our hearts toward God? How does the Old Testament help us understand Advent? How... Read More

Guard of the Senses

Guard of the Senses Presence of God– O my God, I recollect my senses and faculties in Your presence, withdrawing them from all exterior occupations, in order to fix my attention wholly on You. MEDITATION To live a serious interior life, one that is wholly concentrated on seeking God, it is necessary to prevent the outside world from entering the soul and filling it with distractions and noise; it is necessary, therefore, to... Read More

To Prepare Our Hearts for the Coming of the Savior

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and purpose of Advent? Why should we fast during Advent? How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas? What are the “three comings”... Read More

Invitation to Sanctity

Invitation to Sanctity   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating Him as the Redeemer and Sanctifier of my soul. MEDITATION “Where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Romans 5:20). Adam’s fall brought about the destruction of God’s plan for man’s sanctification. Our first parents, created to the image and likeness of God, in a state of grace and justice,... Read More

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer

10 Ways to Reduce Distractions in Prayer   “A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.” Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted. “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said. We are humans not robots, so complete mental focus is not ours to be had but sitting in Mass or to set aside time for prayer and adoration and going over a to-do... Read More

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