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Now displaying: August, 2015
Aug 28, 2015

How can we determine if our crosses are the work of God or the work of the enemy? Dan and Melissa discuss St. Teresa's spiritual advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why does God answer our prayers with trials and suffering?
  • Can the work of the enemy be mistaken for the work of God?
  • How can we tell if a trial is the work of God and not the work of the devil?
  • Some tools for discernment: daily examen, spiritual direction, St. Ignatius' Rules of Discernment.
  • Can an action that seems to be in service to God be inspired by the enemy?
  • How and why are advanced souls more at risk of attacks from the devil?
  • Moderation in spiritual life in St. Teresa's time contrasted with modern society.

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Aug 21, 2015

St. Teresa diagnoses an attack of the devil on a fellow nun. Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa's advice to this nun in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How does the devil attack us through temptation?
  • St. Teresa diagnoses the cause of another nun's personal struggles.
  • Does St. Teresa contradict St. Ignatius Rules for Discerning of Spirits?
  • How can we resist attacks from the enemy?
  • "Breaking the silence" to fight the devil.
  • Overcoming trials by serving others.
  • Advice to avoid misusing the teachings of the saints.
  • Why does spiritual progress increase the need for good spiritual direction?

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Aug 14, 2015

Dan and Melissa discuss the impact of suffering on prayer and how to differentiate true prayer from manufactured prayer. Listen as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Where does suffering come from?
  • Why does God allow suffering?
  • Where is God in our suffering?
  • The impact of suffering on prayer.
  • How to pray effectively in the midst of profound physical suffering.
  • True prayer vs. manufactured prayer.
  • What is the goal of true prayer?
  • How we can make vocal prayer contemplative.

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Aug 7, 2015

Dan and Melissa discuss stages of prayer and the transitions between the stages, focusing particularly on contemplative prayer. Join them as they reflect on letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is contemplative prayer, or contemplation?
  • How does contemplative prayer differ from meditation and other forms of prayer?
  • How to recognize contemplative prayer.
  • What to do when one experiences contemplative prayer.
  • Melissa shares a personal experience as an example of contemplative prayer.
  • What are the fruits of contemplation?

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