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Sep 22, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about overcoming distractions in prayer, praying the rosary and trusting God.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we become more disciplined in prayer?
  • How can we avoid becoming distracted while praying the rosary?
  • While praying the rosary, should we focus on the mysteries, the prayers or our intentions?
  • What can we do if we struggle with trusting God?

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Sep 19, 2017

Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is depression?
  • Can depression be treated through spiritual means alone?
  • What is the impact of religious practices on the healing process?
  • Who can benefit from this book?
  • What are some of the causes of depression and misconceptions about depression?
  • How can we distinguish between a "dark night of the soul" as opposed to depression?

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Sep 15, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will and prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them?
  • Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to "Love God and do what you will," and St. Ignatius' rule of discernment which says, "Do not act until one has absolute clarity that it is the will of God."?
  • "Love God and do what you will," implies that one loves God and his will is oriented to God's will so that as he acts he can act in accordance with His will in peace and clarity.
  • St. Ignatius advises us to discern before choosing between two situations or actions that are both good. Where does the inspiration for these actions come from?
  • If a person talks to Jesus all day long outside of scheduled prayer time, is that considered prayer?
  • How advanced do we need to be spirituality before we become involved in a ministry position in our parish?

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Sep 12, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer about Vision of Fatima, the journey of a Dominican priest who sculpted the image of Our Lady of Fatima with the guidance of Lucia, the oldest of the three shepherd children who saw the apparition of the Blessed Mother.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Who is  Fr. Thomas McGlynn and why is his book being reprinted now?
  • What makes this book about Fatima different from others devoted to the same subject matter?
  • Is the statue accurate according to Lucia?
  • What inspired Fr. McGlynn to sculpt Our Lady of Fatima as opposed to a different vision of the Blessed Mother?
  • What themes can the reader take away from the message of Our Lady?
  • What did Fr. McGlynn take away from this experience?
  • How should we pray the rosary and why?
  • Who is Irma Dores and why did she want people to know about the spiritual meaning of things?

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Sep 8, 2017

When we are filled with anxiety and fear, how can we escape these debilitating emotions? Today, Dan and Melissa sit down with author and speaker, Gary Zimak, for a special interview on his new book, Stop Worrying, Start Living to help listeners attain a sense of peace in a troubled world. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the inspiration for this book?
  • Is it possible for someone who is an anxious person by nature to experience lasting peace in life?
  • What are the secrets of the Apostles to experiencing peace during difficulty?
  • What is the difference between fear and anxiety?
  • Is worrying a sin?
  • How important is mental prayer in overcoming these interior challenges?

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Sep 5, 2017

How does the role of the priest impact the Church and the family?Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests, to better understand the necessity of lifting up our priests in prayer. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why is there such a great need to pray for our priests?
  • Why does the enemy specifically attack the priesthood?
  • What is spiritual motherhood or fatherhood and how will taking on the role as a spiritual mother or father help priests fulfill their vocation? 
  • What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how did it come about?
  • What is the scriptural rosary for priests?
  • How does the priest affect the family?
  • Why is a Eucharistic holy hour so important?
  • How does prayer for priests impact the new evangelization?
  • What resources can one find on the Foundation of Prayer for Priests website?

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Sep 1, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa take your questions on establishing a consistent prayer time, discerning God's voice in prayer and growing in holiness. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • In a world filled with noise and distractions, how is it possible to slow down and spend time listening for God's voice?
  • Regular prayer is essential for our salvation.
  • We need sacred time, space and attention.
  • Is it possible for holiness and peace to increase in your soul without realizing it right away?
  • How do we know where thoughts or inspirations come from during prayer?
  • How can the Discernment of Spirits by St. Ignatius of Loyola help to differentiate between holy thoughts or inspirations and those that come from the world, the flesh or the devil?

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Aug 29, 2017

When tragedy, loss or failed expectations strike, how can we cope with our circumstances in a healthy, faithful way? Today, Dan and Melissa speak with author, Jeannie Ewing about her book, From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph to better understand God's Will in difficult situations.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the inspiration behind this book?
  • How would you define grief from a Catholic perspective as opposed to how the world views grief?
  • What is the difference between depression and grief?
  • How can one embrace the spiritual reality of grief and suffering?
  • How do we find the path to life in the midst of suffering?
  • How can we most effectively help our loved ones when they are suffering?
  • How can this book help someone experiencing grief in the beginning stages of his or her spiritual journey find deeper meaning through the hardship?

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Aug 25, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about how to handle the news when it disturbs your peace.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we listen to the news when it affects our peace of mind?
  • Why does the news incite so much anxiety?
  • Can we trust the media?
  • What is the best news source?
  • What is our role in counteracting the chaos and turmoil going in our world?
  • Does the overconsumption of news correspond with the message of the Gospel?

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Aug 22, 2017

How can we properly discern God's will in our lives? To find the answer, Dan and Melissa search heaven and earth with author, Julie Onderko about her book, Discover Your Next Mission from God: Saints who found God's will - and how you can too

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can I know God's will in my life?
  • God uses ordinary means to speak to us in our lives.
  • Will the absence of the sacraments and an established prayer life obscure one's vision to finding God's will in his or her life?
  • How does a spiritual director help discern God's will?
  • What happens if you feel like you missed your calling in life?
  • Who is Blessed Bartolo Longo and why is his story important?
  • What role does humility play in discerning God's will?
  • Can our past hinder our response to God's call?
  • How important are the roles of Mary and St. Joseph in discerning God's will for us?

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Aug 18, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about melancholic temperaments, desires verses temptations, and discerning God's will.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can someone keep a melancholic, emotional temperament under control?
  • What is wrong with the Buddhist practice of "mindfulness" popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn?
  • What is the examen prayer?
  • What is the difference between desires and temptations?
  • When do our desires come from God?
  • How can I know that my will is aligned with God's will?

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Aug 15, 2017

100 years ago, our Blessed Mother entrusted three shepherd children with an important message of penance, sacrifice and prayer for the conversion of sinners and of the world. Dan and Melissa speak with author, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle to unveil how this message is still relevant today.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is this book intended for children only?
  • What is the significance of the message of Fatima?
  • Why did our Blessed Mother entrust this important message to young children?
  • Why did the Blessed Mother show the children a glimpse of hell? 
  • Should we talk to our children about hell?
  • If we are entrusted by God to pray for sinners and we fail to do so, are we responsible for the consequences of that failure?
  • How can our daily duties be a sacrifice to God for love of Him and for the conversion of sinners?
  • What does the Blessed Mother require of us?

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Aug 11, 2017

How can we find encouragement here on earth? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the brevity of life, the glory of heaven and the beauty of suffering through the perspective of St. Therese of Lisieux. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • St. Therese responds to her sister, Leonie, about the emotional difficulties accompanying the death of their father, Louis Martin.
  • This letter seems take on a reversal of roles as St. Therese is being comforted by her sister instead of being the one to provide comfort to another.
  • Therese reflects on heaven and the brevity of life.  
  • Therese chooses to see her life from the perspective of the Scriptures and from heaven. 
  • Heaven is the greatest consolation.
  • Why does Therese thank God that He has found Leonie worthy to suffer for His love?
  • How does suffering make us like Jesus?

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Aug 8, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the benefits of spiritual formation from the Avila Institute on the soul.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the Avila Institute?
  • What courses are coming up this Fall?
  • What is spiritual theology?
  • What impact does the Avila Institute have on the prayer lives of the students?
  • How does the international reach of the Avila Institute affect the students?
  • How can holy conversations enhance one's prayer life?
  • Should Catholics try to develop a personal relationship with Jesus?

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Aug 4, 2017

What exactly is "the prayer of quiet" and why does God call us to this type of prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa answer this question and dive deeper into the realm of contemplative prayer. 

Topics/Questions covered during the show:

  • How does "the prayer of quiet" or silence differ from "the prayer of simplicity"?
  • What are the affects of "the prayer of quiet"? 
  • What is it like to experience "the prayer of quiet"?
  • What does it mean to enter into a more passive type of prayer?
  • What are some problematic teachings about passivity in prayer?
  • Should we try to suppress our thoughts during prayer?
  • Is it selfish to spend your prayer time contemplating God instead of using that time for praying for others?
  • Should we rest or relax during "the prayer of quiet"?

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Aug 1, 2017

What happened to traditional hymns during Mass and why are they so important? Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. George Rutler about his book, The Stories of Hymns: The History Behind 100 of Christianity's Greatest Hymns to find out.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the meaning and significance of the hymn, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"?
  • What is the difference between a hymn and other types of songs?
  • Are translations of the lyrics important?
  • How does hymnody add more beauty to the liturgy?
  • What are some common "mistakes" made in modern times with regard to music in the liturgy?

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Jul 28, 2017

How can the world news affect our lives? How does one determine if he or she is experiencing spiritual aridity? Today, Dan and Melissa answer these question as they discuss an e-mail from a listener.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Could overconsumption of news be considered sinful?
  • Why is it detrimental for faithful Catholics to focus incessantly on the problems within the Church? How does the account of Jesus rebuking the disciples for waking Him in the boat during a storm apply to this situation?
  • What does it mean to "practice the presence of God"?
  • What causes aridity?
  • How does one know if he or she is transitioning from one level of prayer to another?
  • What is the prayer of silence or quiet?

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Jul 25, 2017

If we find ourselves in the grip 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. Thomas Aquinas say most directly opposes the commandment to love my neighbor as myself?
  • What are some of the "daughters" or symptoms of envy?
  • If I recognize one or many of these sins in myself, how can I overcome it?
  • Which of the seven deadly sins are causing the most havoc in the modern world?
  • What is gluttony and how harmful can it be to one's soul?
  • What strategies can I implement to correct these sins in my life?
  • What are the corresponding virtues to the seven deadly sins?
  • Daily examination of conscience is important to recognize and overcome sin. 
  • Why should we take a different approach to the sins of anger and lust?

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Jul 21, 2017

How influential is the world when one is discerning God's will? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles reveal the wisdom of St. Therese of Lisieux on the "foolishness" of following God.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can wisdom from the saints relate to our time?
  • How will one's perspective of the world change when he or she sees things through the eyes of Christ?
  • Why has Celine's desire diminish for joining Carmel?
  • What is the difference between an attraction to something and a desire for something?
  • Why is it so important to have good spiritual friendships and a spiritual director?
  • How does this worldly influence affect married life?
  • Why does St. Therese call God's love for us "foolish"? And in turn, why does she call our love for God "foolish"as well?

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Jul 18, 2017

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 Church history who helped develop our understanding of these sins and what we can do about them? 
  • Which sin did St. Thomas Aquinas say most directly opposed the Great Commandment to love God with all that we are?
  • What are the "daughters" of the deadly sins and how might understanding them further our spiritual growth?
  • What is sloth or acedia? 

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Jul 14, 2017

How is our soul like a garden? How should we care for the garden of our soul? When we feel the presence of God in prayer, what should we do? Dan and Melissa look to the wisdom of the saints as they discuss answers to these questions in today's show.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • The analogy of the soul as a garden.
  • How the water of grace differs from the water of the world.
  • What can we do to water the garden of our soul?
  • When in meditation, if we have an overwhelming movement of the heart towards God, what should we do?
  • What is the goal of meditation?
  • What should our response be when we experience this movement of the heart towards God?

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Jul 12, 2017

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 and 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 be able to overcome angry behavior?
  • What strategies can we use to overcome sinful anger?
  • Can anger come from past events in life? If so, how long does it take to overcome these feelings?
  • How does anger affect one's marriage or children?
  • Can anger issues affect one's eternal salvation?

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Jul 7, 2017

Today, in part two of a special two-part interview Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about establishing a successful prayer life and entering into contemplation. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What are a few of the most common pitfalls or difficulties that lay people experience in prayer and how can they be avoided?
  • Poverty and humility in prayer is most affective in building a strong prayer life.
  • A successful prayer life takes time, commitment and determination.
  • If my life is very busy, how much time should I devote to prayer daily?
  • Should we allow ourselves be discouraged if we fail in our attempt to establish a prayer routine?
  • If we feel that God is trying to speak through our religious studies, how should we respond?

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Jul 6, 2017

Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Fr. Thomas Dailey about his book, Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales's Simple Approach to Holiness

Questions/Topics discussed on the show:

  • Who is St. Francis de Sales and what is appealing about his spirituality?
  • How does St. Francis make holiness available to everyone regardless of vocation?
  • What is St. Francis' approach to prayer and does he advocate mental prayer?
  • What times during the day should we pray and what should these prayers look like?
  • How does St. Francis suggest that we begin every day?
  • How can we orient our minds to God during our meals?
  • What is "direction of intention" and why is it the key to holiness?

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Jun 30, 2017

Today, in part one of a special two-part interview Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about prayer, the theological virtues and spiritual aridity. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the most powerful prayer?
  • How should the virtues of faith, hope and love be incorporated into my prayer life?
  • How does reading Scripture passages help us grow in faith?
  • How can we build faith, hope and love through the events of daily life?
  • if we are dry in prayer and can't meditate, should we abandon vocal and meditative prayer until the dryness passes, or is it best to maintain our original prayer routine?
  • What are the causes of spiritual dryness?

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