Info

Divine Intimacy Radio

Divine Intimacy Radio is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Weekly we will explore topics like prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, holiness, and much more.
RSS Feed
Divine Intimacy Radio
2016
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: Page 1
Sep 23, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa explain the three sacred elements necessary to progress most successfully in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Heeding the advice of the saints by establishing three key elements to one's prayer life will vastly improve his or her prayer experience.
  • These three key elements include sacred time, space and attention.
  • What is the best time of day to pray?
  • Why is a sacred space important to one's prayer life?
  • Will challenges occur even when we are dedicated to deepening our relationship with God? If so, how can we overcome these challenges?

Resources:

Sep 16, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa provide the layout for a successful experience in prayer by introducing discovery prayer (or lectio divina).

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • The spiritual doctors of the Church describe mental prayer as being essential to a successful prayer life.
  • By praying discovery prayer with the Gospels, one will encounter Christ, who transforms the soul.
  • Discovery prayer consists of reading, reflecting, responding, resting and resolving.
  • What are the sacred elements of prayer?

Resources:

Sep 9, 2016

Description: Praying is not reserved only for holy souls. All souls need prayer to bring them to the heights of holiness. On this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa stress that the most crucial element of beginning a prayer routine is to pray!

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • If someone wants to establish a lasting, meaningful prayer life, he must jump in and get started.
  • A common misunderstanding is that one must be holy in order to start a meaningful prayer life when the opposite is true. One must start a prayer life first in order to be holy.
  • Reading countless books on prayer is not a substitute for prayer. 
  • Beginning a prayer routine is difficult, but as one practices and learns, it becomes easier and more enjoyable.

 

Resources

Sep 2, 2016

Description: Dan and Melissa explore the reality of God's desire for a deep, lasting relationship with each individual soul.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What does it mean to say that God "thirsts" for us? How is this reality possible?
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that God seeks to meet us at the well, longing to give us living water so that our thirst might be forever satisfied.
  • Who is it that places the desire for God in our souls?
  • God will always bring to completion what He has put into motion.

 

 Resources

 

Aug 26, 2016

Description: What is prayer? This week Dan and Melissa debunk the popular idea of prayer only as a means of attaining what we want. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is prayer?
  • How do the saints describe a healthy, meaningful prayer life?
  • How can we avoid treating God like a vending machine?
  • What is the result of a deep prayer life?

 Resources

Aug 19, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa explore the depth of God's love for each and every soul He created and how this eternal love draws each of us to prayer.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show

  • What is the importance of realizing God's personal love in one's life?
  • How should we respond to this deep, personal love?
  • Why is prayer a matter of justice?
  • Why does God deserve our prayers?

 

Resources:

Aug 12, 2016

Description: Why should we pray? This week Dan and Melissa dive into Dan's new book on prayer titled, Into the Deep: Finding Peace through Prayer and begin to discuss the importance of establishing a real, meaningful, lasting relationship with God.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why pray?
  • How can we grow closer to God if we do not spend meaningful time with Him?
  • Prayer leads us to holiness.

Resources:

Aug 5, 2016

Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the enemy's plan of attack on the soul.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can one discern his or her vocation properly in accordance with God's will? 
  • How can we quickly overcome spiritual desolation?
  • The enemy watches us closely and attacks us at our weakest spiritual point. 
  • How can we fortify our defenses against the enemy and succeed in virtue?
  • How can we recognize our root sin?

Resources:

Jul 29, 2016

Description: Dan and Melissa address Rule 13 on the enemy's plan to keep us quiet during spiritual desolation.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is Rule 13 of the Discernment of Spirits?
  • Is there ever a time when a soul matures to the point of no longer experiencing spiritual desolation?
  • How can a soul discern between experiencing suffering and desolation?
  • The importance of making known the temptations of the enemy to combat his power over the soul.
  • To whom should one reveal his or her spiritual battles, temptations, or desolation?

Resources

Jul 22, 2016

Description:

How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning to establish a prayer life?
  • Cooperation with God’s grace is essential in establishing a prayer life.
  • Saint Francis de Sales warns us that it is dangerous to receive a gift from God and ignore it.
  • Saint Therese of Lisieux says that “A soul in the state of grace has nothing to fear from demons, who are cowards, capable of fleeing before the gaze of a little child.”
  • Saint Ignatius suggests that we must be strong against the attacks of the enemy and resist temptations.

Resources:

 

 

Jul 15, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits has impacted their lives.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa.
  • Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship to Christ?
  • Is a daily examination of conscience necessary to grow in the spiritual life?
  • How can the life and writings of Saint Therese of Lisieux help inspire those called to the vocation of marriage and family life?

Resources:

Jul 8, 2016

Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa explore what it means to prepare oneself for spiritual desolation and to place one's confidence in God.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • When in consolation, how do we prepare ourselves for upcoming desolation?
  • How does a melancholic personality approach this strategy without falling into desperation and depression?
  • What does it mean to place our confidence in God?
  • How do we discern between desolation and anxiety of daily life?
  • How can we properly discern a vocation to the religious life?

 

Resources:

Jul 1, 2016

Description: Why does God allow spiritual desolation? During today's show Dan and Melissa walk through the causes of spiritual desolation using "Rule the Ninth" of The Discernment of Spirits as well as determine the difference between desolation and aridity in the spiritual life.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the difference between spiritual desolation and aridity?
  • Why does God allow desolation in the soul?
  • How does God show His love through spiritual desolation?
  • What are the causes of spiritual desolation?

 

Resources

Jun 24, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa examine the characteristics of God working in the soul vs. Satan attacking the soul and explore the meditative prayer practice of Lectio Divina.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What characteristics does God exhibit while working to bring a soul out of mortal sin?
  • What characteristics does Satan exhibit while trying to keep a soul bound to mortal sin?
  • What characteristics are exemplary of a soul experiencing spiritual consolation or desolation?
  • How does one approach the meditative prayer method of Lectio Divina?
  • What is an example of this practice?

 

Resources:

Jun 17, 2016

Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Saint Ignatius exhorts us to work to achieve patience during desolation, look ahead to the inevitable end of our suffering and return to consolation with God.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is desolation?
  • We must work to be patient. It is not easy.
  • How can we practice patience?
  • How does the enemy trick us into believing we must make a change in our spiritual lives?
  • How does one cope with long term experiences of desolation such as terminal illness?
  • Saint Ignatius suggests that we insist upon prayer, meditation, much examination and extending ourselves in penance.

 

Resources:

Jun 10, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss Rule 7 of Saint Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits, which encourages the soul seeking God to resist any agitations put forth by the Enemy.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we resist the agitations sent by the Enemy to draw us away from forming a relationship with Christ?
  • If I do not feel God's presence, does that mean He has abandoned me in my desolation?
  • Will God rescue me from my desolation?
  • How do I recognize God's presence during spiritual desolation?

 

Resources: 

Jun 3, 2016

Description: The Discernment of Spirits, Rule 6 states that when on experiencing spiritual desolation, he or she needs to make a change against the spiritual desolation itself. 

 

Topic/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is suffering meritorious for the soul when experienced outside of or without Christ?
  • What are the characteristics of true peace vs. false peace?
  • How can one experience the peace that Jesus promises in Scripture?
  • According to Rule 6 of the Discernment of Spirits, we must insist more on prayer, insist more on meditation, be spiritually awake, and insist more on penance. 
  • How does spiritual desolation manifest itself in everyday life?

 

Resources:

May 27, 2016

Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss the fifth rule of Saint Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits which states that one is never change spiritual commitments while experiencing spiritual desolation.

 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Does spiritual consolation always precede spiritual desolation?
  • When in spiritual desolation one should never change the commitments he or she has made when in spiritual consolation.
  • Is there any reason why one could change his or her situation while in desolation?
  • Loving God despite the experience of spiritual desolation is a proof of love.

 

Resources:

May 20, 2016

Description:

This week Dan and Melissa explore the meaning of spiritual desolation and how to recognize it through the examen prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Rule 4 - "I call desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, without hope, without love, finding oneself totally slothful, tepid, sad, and, as if separated from one's Creator and Lord. For just as consolation is contrary to desolation in the same way the thoughts that come from consolation are contrary to the thoughts that come from desolation."
  • Is distraction in prayer a type of desolation?
  • What is the difference between depression and spiritual desolation?
  • Spiritual desolation (Rule 4) as the opposite of spiritual consolation (Rule 3).
  • Tactics of the enemy to draw a soul away from God.
  • The importance of the examen prayer to recognize the spiraling effect of negative thoughts and overcome the desolation that follows.

 

Resources:

 

May 13, 2016

On this week's show, listen as Dan and Melissa discuss Saint Ignatius of Loyola's third rule of Discernment of Spirits, "Spiritual Consolation".

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Saint Ignatius' Third Rule of Discernment of Spirits: "The third is of spiritual consolation. I call it consolation when some interior movement is caused in the soul, through which the soul comes to be inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord, and, consequently when it can love no created thing on the face of the earth in itself, but only in the Creator of them all. Likewise when it sheds tears that move to love of its Lord, whether out of sorrow for one's sins, or for the passion of Christ our Lord, or because of other things directly ordered to his service and praise. Finally, I call consolation every increase of hope, faith and charity, and all interior joy that calls and attracts to heavenly things and to the salvation of one's soul, quieting it and giving it peace in its Creator and Lord."
  • What is spiritual consolation?
  • How can I recognize if I am experiencing it?
  • Can a person with an affinity toward one spirituality (i.e. Carmelite, Franciscan, Ignatian) benefit from the writings and teachings of a different spirituality

Resources:

May 6, 2016

Dan and Melissa discuss the second rule of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits, focusing on movement toward God and recognizing the effect of the enemy on our spiritual progress.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Discernment of Spirits - Rule 2: "In persons who are going on intensely purifying their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our Lord, the method is contrary to that in the first rule. For then it is proper to the evil spirit to bite, sadden and place obstacles, disquieting with false reasons, so that the person may not go forward. And it is proper to the good spirit to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations, and quiet, easing and taking away all obstacles, so that the person may go forward in doing good."
  • When confronted with temptation it is important to recognize the thoughts pushing us toward sin are from the "bad spirit" who seeks to disrupt our spiritual progress.
  • Using an examination of conscience at the end of the day can make us more acutely aware of our daily sins and successes.
  • God is always drawing us to Himself, but we must recognize His work in our souls through the world around us.

Resources:

Apr 29, 2016

This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first Rule of the Discernment of Spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Rule 1 -  "In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons, the good spirit uses a contrary method, pricking them and disturbing their consciences through the process of reason and moral judgment."
  • The devil will work to convince someone with a poorly formed conscience or who might be new to the spiritual life that peace obtained through sinful behavior is from God. However, this is a false sense of peace.
  • God will "prick us" to disturb the conscience through the process of reason and moral judgement. He will cause an uneasiness within us to bring us back to living a virtuous life.

  • Knowing how the enemy works and how the flesh works can help you fight sinful inclinations.

  • The life of Saint Augustine is a good example of overcoming habitual, mortal sin through the grace of God.

Resources:

Apr 22, 2016

This week Dan and Melissa explore Saint Ignatius of Loyola's techniques for tackling the negative thoughts and lies that enter into our minds and lead us away from God.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the best way to expel the negative thoughts, lies, and/or feelings of depression that enter into our minds?
  • Reject the lies and negative thoughts and replace them with the truth from Scripture.
  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola presents a type of spiritual warfare to handle these lies called, Discernment of Spirits.
  • Discernment is understanding the forces working for or against us and what to do with them.
  • Discernment of spirits is the ability to join God and fight the enemy with respect to our thoughts.
  • Saint Ignatius begins his rules for Discernment of Spirits by suggesting that we become aware of the lies, understand the source, and choose to reject or accept these forces.

Resources:

  • SpiritualDirection.com - website
  • EWTN Religious Catalogue - online
  • Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • EWTN Global Catholic Radio
  • Philippians 4:7-8 - "Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." - USCCB Bible link
  • On Suffering - Prose by Dan Burke on SpiritualDirection.com
  • Romans 8:6 - "The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace." - USCCB Bible link
  • Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." - USCCB Bible link
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 - "For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ, and we are ready to punish every disobedience, once your obedience is complete." - USCCB Bible link
  • Evagrius of Pontus: Talking Back
  • Ephesians 1:3-4 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him" - USCCB Bible link
  • Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." - USCCB Bible link
  • James 4:7-8 - "So submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you of two minds." - USCCB Bible link
  • Divine Intimacy - A book of daily meditations by Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen
  • John 16:33 - "In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world." - USCCB Bible link
  • Matthew 16:24 - "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." - USCCB Bible link
  • Navigating the Interior Life - Book on spiritual direction by Dan Burke
  • Consolation and Desolation...What are Spiritualized Capital Sins? - Post on SpiritualDirection.com
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 - "May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." - USCCB Bible link
  • Questions? Send an e-mail to Questions@myavila.com or call 818-646-7729. — please leave your name, location and question.
Apr 15, 2016

This week Dan and Melissa discuss a follow-up question about the writings of Father Anthony de Mello leading someone to the Catholic Church.  Also, Dan answers questions regarding the need to disclose your past during spiritual direction, as well as discerning God’s voice in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Regarding Father de Mello’s writings, the Holy Spirit will always bring us to the Truth even if by unusual means. But once he has recognized Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the individual must leave those lesser means behind and begin to use authentic Catholic teaching to bring him/her to the fullness of the Faith.
  • Because our humanity is affected by original sin, we must not be lead by emotions to make decisions about the Faith. We must use our intellect to form our consciences according to the teachings of Jesus through the Holy Spirit, in and through the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
  • The purpose of a spiritual director is to help one advance in prayer and virtue from his or her current spiritual height. Past events in the directee’s life are not always necessary to discuss unless there is a blockage in spiritual progress based on something negative from the past.
  • When discerning whether or not one hears God’s voice in prayer, we must identify whether the  message was the work of the Holy Spirit and moved us to an increase in faith, hope and love. Also, what was said must come to pass and not produce pride or clinging to the revelation. 
  • More can be found on discerning God’s voice in prayer from The Ascent of Mount Carmel by Saint John of the Cross, Book 2, Chapters 28 and 29.

Resources:

Apr 8, 2016

Who is Fr Anthony de Mello and can we trust his spiritual writings to lead us to a deeper union with Christ? Dan and Melissa discuss the problems with Fr de Mello’s influential spiritual guidance and the Catholic Church’s position on non-Christian teachings.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Melissa’s experience of spiritual consolation at Mass, and the importance of properly orienting our hearts to God before entering into the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  • Who is Fr. Anthony de Mello and why are his writings on spirituality problematic in the Catholic Church?
  • A warning issued by the Vatican regarding Fr. de Mello’s writings as “incompatible with the Catholic Faith and can cause grave harm”
  • The Catholic Church document, “Nostra Aetatae - Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions” on handling truth found in non-Christian religions as “a reflection of a ray of truth”.  
  • No one can be saved outside of the person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  (John 14:6 - “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”)
  • The misleading teachings that led Fr de Mello down the wrongful path of questioning fundamental truths of the Catholic Church.

Resources:

  • SpiritualDirection.com - website
  • EWTN Religious Catalogue - online
  • Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • EWTN Global Catholic Radio
  • Divine Intimacy - Book of daily devotions by Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen
  • Spiritual dictionary terms used in this show from Dan's book Navigating the Interior Life (click on the term to see the definition):
  • SpiritualDirection.com posts on Fr de Mello:
  • Notification Concerning the Writings of Father Anthony de Mello, SJ - from The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith
  • Nostra Aetate - Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Paragraph 2: "The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ 'the way, the truth, and the life' (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself."
  • John 14:6 - “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.” - USCCB Bible link
  • Romans 1:20-21 - "Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened." [The witness of creation is sufficient for someone to recognize the one true God.] - USCCB Bible link
  • 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard 'delay', but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." - USCCB Bible link
  • Apophaticism or apophatic theology -- Orthodox Wiki link
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 - "May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." - USCCB Bible link
  • Questions? Send an e-mail to Questions@myavila.com or call 818-646-7729. — please leave your name, location and question.

 

 

 

 

1 2 3 4 Next »