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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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Jun 27, 2017

Every soul needs to be nourished continually in the spiritual life. Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the benefits of taking courses from the Avila Institute and how this experience can lead to incredible spiritual growth!

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What type of courses are offered through the Avila Institute?
  • How rigorous are the courses?
  • How much time is required to take these classes?
  • Are there different types of programs designed for beginners or those more advanced in spirituality?
  • Can spiritual friendships develop with other students?
  • How do these courses affect your spiritual life?
  • What experiences can students expect to take away from their time at the Avila Institute?
  • How/Where do you register?

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Jun 23, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation?
  • How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? 
  • How can I encourage my spouse to find peace through Christ without seeming critical? 

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Jun 20, 2017

Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book, Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one's daily prayer life.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the motivation behind writing the book?
  • What significance is behind making the sign of the cross? 
  • Is there meaning behind touching the head, upper abdomen and shoulders when making the sign of the cross?
  • Who is St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and why is she significant?
  • Is contemplative prayer only reserved for priests and religious?
  • What is the importance of entering into a deeper prayer life?

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Jun 16, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? 
  • Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else?
  • Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that we think too much during prayer?
  • Should we "empty our minds" in prayer?
  • How do we avoid distractions in prayer?
  • What should be our focus during prayer?

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Jun 13, 2017

Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith as well as tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the best way to answer a question about the Faith?
  • How does our language or vocabulary play a role in answering questions about the Faith?
  • What are your top resources for answering questions about Catholicism?
  • What is the strangest question you've ever been asked?
  • Will our pets go to heaven?
  • Did Jesus actually give us the Lord's Prayer?
  • How does the living Faith of an ordinary, orthodox Catholic impact others?

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Jun 9, 2017

When faced with difficulty choosing her vocation, Celine leans on the wisdom of her sister, St. Therese, to help discern God's will in her life. Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how God works with our humanity to bring about holiness.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What does this letter tell us about St. Therese?
  • Is St. Therese suggesting that once Celine conforms her will to God's, He will then conduct Himself differently?
  • What does St. Therese mean by having something "too human in our affection"?
  • When speaking of her relationship with her sister, what does St. Therese mean when she says,"the foundation of the affection is too pure for Him to break"?
  • Would it be wrong to seek a relationship with God for the purpose of self-fulfillment? Would that be considered selfish?

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Jun 6, 2017

When faced with tragedy, loss, failure, illness, or any difficulty in life, how can we learn to suffer well? Author, Dr. Ronda Chervin, uses the lives of the saints to help us cope with suffering in her book, Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering: How Our Heros in Faith Found Peace Amid Sorrow.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the motivation for this book?
  • How did the saints handle suffering?
  • Which saint helped the most through the suffering associated with the tragic loss of a loved one?
  • How did St. Therese of Lisieux cope with suffering associated with doubt and attacks from the evil one?
  • Who is St. Marie of the Incarnation and why is she influential in coping with suffering?
  • St. Teresa of Calcutta said that suffering is like a kiss from Jesus on the cross.

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Jun 2, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the saints, confession and hearing God's voice.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why do some images of the saints include skulls?
  • How does God speak to us
  • Should we expect Him to speak to us whether audibly or through life events?
  • Why do we need to confess our sings to a priest?

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May 30, 2017

What is the best way to approach dating through a Catholic perspective? Dan and Melissa speak with author, Father Thomas Morrow about his book, Christian Dating in a Godless World to gain insight.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why should we listen to a priest give dating advice?
  • What is the difference between dating and courtship?
  • Is it acceptable to date just for fun?
  • What is "friendship dating"?
  • Is there such a thing as a single vocation or is the single state a transitional one?
  • How much effort does one need to put forth to find a spouse?
  • Is it a good idea to use a Catholic internet dating service to meet people?
  • What are some resources for parishes to help minister to singles looking to get married?
  • Why is chastity before marriage important?

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May 26, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa reflect on God's intense, personal love for each individual soul and answer the question, how do we avoid distractions in prayer?

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Reflections on the pure, unconditional, personal love with which the Creator formed each, unique human being.
  • A life filled with earthly wealth may lead to comfort, but a humble life oriented to God will lead to peace and eternal joy.
  • What prayerful solution can you offer for a person who gets distracted in prayer easily?
  • Jesus suggests that we go into a small, remote space to pray. (Matthew 6:6)
  • Establishing a consistent prayer time each day programs our bodies and minds to be still during this time.
  • Practicing lectio divina helps lessen distractions. 
  • Do not simply sit in silence if you are at a beginning stage in prayer.

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May 23, 2017

How can we make the home a place of peace and prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the book, The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home with author, Leila Lawler, to help families orient their lives to Christ.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is an oratory?
  • How should one go about setting up his or her prayer space?
  • Is a prayer corner or space expensive?
  • What does it mean to develop a regular, daily prayer life and how can the oratory help?
  • Why is the Liturgy of the Hours important?
  • How should our lives reflect the liturgical year?
  • What does the liturgy have to do with family prayer life?

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