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Divine Intimacy Radio is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Weekly we will explore topics like prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, holiness, and much more.
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Now displaying: June, 2017
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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