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Now displaying: May, 2015
May 29, 2015

Spiritual direction and spiritual aridity are the topics today as Dan and Melissa discuss letters written by St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Find your core spirituality with the help of a good spiritual director.
  • How is the soul like the weather?
  • How not to become discouraged because of distractions during prayer.
  • What is spiritual aridity?
  • Human (natural) vs. Supernatural causes of aridity.
  • How can we identify the causes of spirtual aridity?
  • St. John of the Cross and the Dark Night of the Soul
  • Read along with the SpiritualDirection.com book club, and call in with questions: 818-646-7729.

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May 22, 2015

"Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation." - St. Teresa of Avila. Dan and Melissa look at progressive development in prayer and the spiritual life as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How do the spiritual Doctors of the Church describe the stages of prayer?
  • What is mental prayer?
  • Different types of meditative prayer.
  • St. Teresa advises on transitioning from meditation to contemplation.
  • How to deal with aridity.
  • Is "centering prayer" beneficial?
  • Some recommendations if you get "stuck" in prayer.
  • St. Teresa's Four Waters.
  • Read along with the SpiritualDirection.com book club, and call in with questions: 818-646-7729.

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May 15, 2015

Why we can rejoice in suffering, and ways to identify attachments. Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • St. Teresa struggles with sin, revealing her humanity. How does she deal with it?
  • Reflections on 1 Peter, Chapter 1 regarding suffering as an opportunity to grow closer to God.
  • The more we grow in the interior life, the less need we have for earthly consolations.
  • Using a "spiritual dashboard" to identify your attachments.
  • Dealing with disordered attachments to things we need to live, e.g. food and exercise.
  • Read along with the SpiritualDirection.com book club, and call in with questions: 818-646-7729.
  • Help bring Avila to Aspen - Participate in a project that aims to revitalize the Catholic Church in Aspen, Colorado.

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May 8, 2015

Does the Catholic Church suppress women? How should Christians interceed in political issues? Dan and Melissa address these questions and more as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Announcement: Help bring Avila to Aspen - A new project that includes a revitilization of the Catholic Church in Aspen, Colorado.
  • St. Teresa has the ability to affect political situations with her power and humility.
  • Does the Catholic Church suppress women? Look at St. Teresa's life in the Church. How does the Church regard the Blessed Mother?
  • Should we, as Christians, act to interceed in government affairs? Reflections on 1 Timothy, Chapter 2.
  • Action and voting in conjunction with holiness and prayer.
  • Letter for Day 6: Tune in next week for more on the humility, discernment, illness and suffering of St. Teresa.
  • Read along with the SpiritualDirection.com book club, and call in with questions: 818-646-7729.

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May 1, 2015

Dan and Melissa look at advancing against the gates of hell, embracing suffering, and the inspiration of Mother Angelica as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Some historical context of the letters and great works of St. Teresa of Avila.
  • St. Teresa's understanding of what happens when we go into "enemy territory" - a reflection on Matthew 16:18.
  • Knowing God by embracing suffering. Don't let your suffering be in vain.
  • The value of love which is tested by sacrifice.
  • How to deal with the suffering of the people we love in a positive way.
  • Are trials and suffering necessary in order to move forward? A look at the story of Mother Angelica and the founding of EWTN as an example.
  • Read along with the SpiritualDirection.com book club, and call in with questions: 818-646-7729.

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