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Now displaying: July, 2017
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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