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Sep 21, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about delving into the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • In what order should one read the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross?
  • How can we overcome habitual, mortal sin?
  • Why is confession so important in overcoming habitual sin?
  • Is the desire for prayer incompatible with being in the state of mortal sin?
  • Is it ever inappropriate to ask questions about spiritual matters?

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Sep 18, 2018

Is there a demonic attack against priests? Why emphasize prayer rather than action during this turbulent time in the Church? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author, Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests to address these questions and more

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how can one spiritually adopt a priest or bishop?
  • Why is prayer for priests so important?
  • Why is the priesthood attacked by the demonic spirits more frequently, deliberately and intensely? 
  • Why should we spend time in prayer about the crisis in the Church rather than taking action? 
  • What weapons do we have in the Church to combat the demons?
  • What is Auxilium Christianorum?
  • What resources are offered at Foundation of Prayer for Priests?

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Sep 14, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the news, conflict within in the Church, righteous anger, and Jesus' view on wealth and holiness.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • In light of his recent appointment as President of EWTN News, how will Dan's spirituality impact the way he manages the news for EWTN?
  • How should we deal with conflict in the Church? Should we react as Jesus did in the temple in response to the money changers? 
  • What is righteous anger?
  • Jesus says that riches are an obstacle for entering heaven. Can we still be saints if we are successful monetarily? 

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Sep 11, 2018

What brought a loving Protestant couple's marriage to ruins and how did the Catholic Church heal this divide? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. David Anders about his book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What converted David from a staunch Protestant background to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church?
  • What role did St. Therese of Lisieux play in convincing Dr. Anders to become Catholic?
  • Why did Dr. Anders initially reject God's grace?
  • How did the sacrament of confession change Dr. Anders' outlook on the Protestant view of salvation?
  • What is wrong if a practicing, faithful Catholic couple is having a tough time with their marriage?

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Sep 7, 2018

Explore the wisdom of the carmelites as Dan Burke answers your questions regarding dealing with the crisis in the Church, mental prayer, consolations, mortification of the senses and infused recollection.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do we know where the true shepherds reside within the Church in light of the current scandals? 
  • What does St. John of the Cross say about the mortification of the senses?
  • How much should reading play a role in mental prayer especially when one is experiencing dryness in prayer?
  • What is the difference between consolation in prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit moving one's heart in prayer toward virtue, contrition, gratitude, etc.?"
  • What should one do when he or she comes from a culture that insists on acting a certain way towards enemies of the family?
  • What is the difference between infused recollection and infused contemplation?

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Sep 4, 2018

What brought a loving Protestant couple's marriage to ruins and how did the Catholic Church heal this divide? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. David Anders about his book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What converted David from a staunch Protestant background to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church?
  • What were some of the lies Dr. Anders believed about Catholicism?
  • Why was Dr. Anders' conversion so difficult for him?
  • What happened during their marriage to bring about such feelings of animosity towards each other?
  • How did the Catholic Church heal the marriage?
  • Is there any marriage preparation in modern Protestantism to help prepare the couple for the challenges they may face in their lives as husband and wife?

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Aug 31, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answers questions from listeners about suffering, setting up a domestic monastery, and self-esteem.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Do we have to suffer in order for our prayers to be pleasing to God? 
  • How can we make a domestic monastery in the home in a practical sense for a family with young children or teenagers?
  • What makes a prayer space or altar in the home successful?
  • How can I build up my self-esteem and still trust God with everything? Does God want us to have high self-esteem? Does humility lower our self-esteem?

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Aug 28, 2018

Why do Catholics call priests Father? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest instead of directly to God? Do Catholics really worship Mary? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part four of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Jesus says to call no man father, so why do Catholics call priests Father? 
  • Why do Catholics confess their sins to priests instead of confessing them to God directly?
  • Are Catholics also Christians?
  • Do Catholics really worship Mary?
  • How can Catholics say that Mary was conceived without sin?

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Aug 24, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answers questions from listeners about sin and imperfections, "the dark night," and spiritual gluttony.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the difference between venial sins and imperfections?
  • How does personal sin affect others?
  • What should we do if the news draws us to despair?
  • What is "the dark night" that St. John of the Cross refers to so frequently?
  • What is spiritual gluttony?

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Aug 21, 2018

Did Catholics invent purgatory? Is the pope the anti-Christ? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part three of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Did Catholics invent purgatory? 
  • Why do non-Catholics believe that the pope is the anti-Christ?
  • Can Catholics earn their salvation?
  • What is the difference between salvation and redemption?
  • Did the Catholic Church invent priests?

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Aug 17, 2018

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering and the Holy Spirit.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice?
  • How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? 
  • Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? 
  • Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer, reaching God? Is God pleased with these prayers even though your mind and heart are distracted?

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Aug 14, 2018

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? 
  • Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics manipulated the Ten Commandments?
  • Did Catholics invent new sacraments?

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Aug 10, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge to overcome sin.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer?
  • Is contemplation the same as meditation?
  • How important are short prayers throughout the day?
  • What if memories occupy your mind during prayer? Are those thoughts from God?
  • How necessary is it to know your temperament to overcome sin?
  • How can one overcome contemplative aridity?
  • Are prayers of penance or reparation particularly important to contemplative prayer? 
  • What is the best way to start a prayer routine?

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Aug 7, 2018

What misunderstandings do non-Catholics have about Galileo or Catholics and the Bible? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to find out.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Dr. Verschuuren to write this book?
  • Are many of the misunderstandings about the Catholic Church stem from not allowing the Church to define her own teachings?
  • Is language a barrier to understanding Church teaching?
  • What are the lies that many believe about Galileo?
  • Why do some non-Catholics believe that Catholics are forbidden to read the Bible?
  • Did the Catholic Church add books to the Bible?

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Aug 3, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about beginning prayer and praying for others.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Does God listen to our prayers when we are in a state of mortal sin?
  • Is it worthwhile to pray for concrete things?
  • How can we be assured our prayers are acceptable to God when we are distracted in prayer?
  • Should a beginner start praying lectio divina with the daily Mass readings? 
  • Will God respond to our prayers for non-baptized people?
  • Is there anything wrong with desiring to pray outside of the written prayers in our prayer books?

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Jul 31, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lost.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Who was the most prominent Christ figure in Star Wars?
  • What ideas from the Star Wars films mirrored Gnosticism?
  • How did The Matrix also have Gnostic themes and ideas?
  • Which superheroes most closely resemble an orthodox view of Christ?
  • What is the best way to compare Christ figures in films and television to an authentic view of Christ?
  • What were the Black Panther's Christ-like traits?
  • How did the television series, Lost, portray God and heaven?
  • What is the Orthodoxy Score Chart at the end of the book and why was it included?

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Jul 27, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer and the definition of contemplation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration?
  • How do religious brothers, sisters and priests fulfill their obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours without the prayers becoming repetitive or meaningless?
  • How can one discern whether or not a thought or inspiration is coming from God?
  • What is the difference between the Ignatian definition and Carmelite definition of contemplation and who is correct?

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Jul 24, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Jim Papandrea to write this book?
  • Why do Christ figures keep arising in secular fiction and popular culture?
  • Even though writer Ronald Moore fell away from the Catholic Faith, how did religion keep surfacing throughout his scripts for Star Trek?
  • What philosophical themes and moral questions appear in science fiction television shows and films?
  • What important insights come from the movie I, Robot?
  • Can the book be used as am analytical tool to teach about different heresies which opposed the teachings of the Catholic Church?
  • What Christian and anti-Christian ideas come from the movie, Pleasantville?

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Jul 20, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about transitioning from the purgative way to the illuminative way, recognizing sin, and the importance of mental prayer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do you know if you're making the transition between the purgative and illuminative way? 
  • How do we know if we are committing mortal or venial sin?
  • If we had to choose between going to Mass, praying mental prayer and the rosary, which is most important?
  • Should you pray while doing other tasks?

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Jul 17, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. John Horgan to discuss the role of the angels in the Church and how they can help us to heaven.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Fr. Horgan to write His Angels at Our Side?
  • How do the angels lead us into prayer?
  • What are some of the most common misunderstandings about angels?
  • What are "choirs" of angels and how many are there?
  • Why are there distinctions between the choirs and what are those distinctions?
  • Should we give names to our guardian angels?
  • How can we determine the difference between an inspiration that comes from the Holy Spirit or one that comes from our angel?
  • When praying for others, should we pray to the individual's guardian angel for help or to God directly?

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Jul 13, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part 2 of a listener question and answer forum on frequent confession and the importance of confessing venial sins.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why does Venerable Pope Pius XII speak so strongly in favor of making frequent confessions of venial sin in his encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi?
  • What is devotional confession?
  • What is a reasonable request for confession?
  • How often is "frequent" when speaking of confession?
  • What is scrupulosity and why is it detrimental to the spiritual life?

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Jul 10, 2018

How can the wives of our brave soldiers cope with the stresses of life as their husbands leave to defend our great nation? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle to discuss the difficulties that accompany being a military wife and the hope that is offered through Our Lord and His Church.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Donna-Marie to write this book for military wives?
  • What kind of struggles do military wives face?
  • What is survivor's guilt?
  • How do the stories of military wives who have gone through these struggles help others in their time of need?
  • How does the book offer hope to those suffering from war wounds, whether physical, emotional or mental?
  • How is prayer integrated into this book?
  • What is the Military Council for Catholic Women?

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Jul 6, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about the sacrament of reconciliation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What differentiates the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of the interior life?
  • Why must one go to confession if he or she is detached from habitual mortal and venial sin?
  • What is the purpose or benefit of confessing venial sins frequently?
  • What argument does Venerable Pope Pius XII make in favor of frequently confessing venial sins in his encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi?
  • When one reaches the "active night of the senses," is he or she free from habitual venial sin?
  • Is is possible to be truly free from attachment to habitual mortal and venial sin?
  • What should one do if he or she leaves the confessional feeling attacked, judged, or neglected?
  • Should we go to a regular confessor to benefit most from confession?

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Jul 3, 2018

What's wrong with leaving Mass after communion? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the best response to the dismissal.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the significance of the dismissal at Mass?
  • To what degree will we be changed spiritually if we open our hearts and minds to Jesus as we receive Him in the Eucharist?
  • What is the benefit of preparing for the different parts of the Mass and truly understanding the meaning behind each word and action of the priest and the faithful?
  • How can we experience the riches of the Mass more fully on a week-to-week basis?

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Jun 29, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about infused contemplation, recollection and desolation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is contemplation?
  • What is the difference between natural and infused contemplation?
  • What is the difference between acquired recollection and infused recollection?
  • What do you do when spiritual reading is no longer joyful?
  • Should the realization of one's sinfulness cause desolation?
  • Once we receive the gift of infused contemplation, where do we go from there? How do we share this complete and consuming love?

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