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Now displaying: September, 2017
Sep 29, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to Him?
  • How does one begin contemplative prayer?
  • What subject matter or beginning prayers should be used when starting a mental prayer routine?
  • How does one discern between spiritual attacks and spiritual crosses?
  • How should we respond to the Pope's statements and teachings?

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Sep 26, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Kathleen Beckman about her book, When Women Pray and discuss the prayer practices and effects of prayer on the lives of eleven, well-known Catholic women. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Which women were chosen to contribute to the book and why?
  • Is there a difference between the way men and women pray?
  • What is spiritual motherhood?
  • How can a busy mother develop a strong prayer life?
  • How does liturgical prayer help one's prayer life?
  • What effect does prayer have on one's physical and mental health?
  • How are liturgical prayer and mental prayer connected?

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Sep 22, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about overcoming distractions in prayer, praying the rosary and trusting God.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we become more disciplined in prayer?
  • How can we avoid becoming distracted while praying the rosary?
  • While praying the rosary, should we focus on the mysteries, the prayers or our intentions?
  • What can we do if we struggle with trusting God?

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Sep 19, 2017

Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is depression?
  • Can depression be treated through spiritual means alone?
  • What is the impact of religious practices on the healing process?
  • Who can benefit from this book?
  • What are some of the causes of depression and misconceptions about depression?
  • How can we distinguish between a "dark night of the soul" as opposed to depression?

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Sep 15, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about helping others in need, discerning God's will and prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What can we say to those who are undergoing devastating suffering and how can we help them?
  • Is there a dichotomy between St. Augustine's admonition to "Love God and do what you will," and St. Ignatius' rule of discernment which says, "Do not act until one has absolute clarity that it is the will of God."?
  • "Love God and do what you will," implies that one loves God and his will is oriented to God's will so that as he acts he can act in accordance with His will in peace and clarity.
  • St. Ignatius advises us to discern before choosing between two situations or actions that are both good. Where does the inspiration for these actions come from?
  • If a person talks to Jesus all day long outside of scheduled prayer time, is that considered prayer?
  • How advanced do we need to be spirituality before we become involved in a ministry position in our parish?

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Sep 12, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer about Vision of Fatima, the journey of a Dominican priest who sculpted the image of Our Lady of Fatima with the guidance of Lucia, the oldest of the three shepherd children who saw the apparition of the Blessed Mother.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Who is  Fr. Thomas McGlynn and why is his book being reprinted now?
  • What makes this book about Fatima different from others devoted to the same subject matter?
  • Is the statue accurate according to Lucia?
  • What inspired Fr. McGlynn to sculpt Our Lady of Fatima as opposed to a different vision of the Blessed Mother?
  • What themes can the reader take away from the message of Our Lady?
  • What did Fr. McGlynn take away from this experience?
  • How should we pray the rosary and why?
  • Who is Irma Dores and why did she want people to know about the spiritual meaning of things?

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Sep 8, 2017

When we are filled with anxiety and fear, how can we escape these debilitating emotions? Today, Dan and Melissa sit down with author and speaker, Gary Zimak, for a special interview on his new book, Stop Worrying, Start Living to help listeners attain a sense of peace in a troubled world. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the inspiration for this book?
  • Is it possible for someone who is an anxious person by nature to experience lasting peace in life?
  • What are the secrets of the Apostles to experiencing peace during difficulty?
  • What is the difference between fear and anxiety?
  • Is worrying a sin?
  • How important is mental prayer in overcoming these interior challenges?

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Sep 5, 2017

How does the role of the priest impact the Church and the family?Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests, to better understand the necessity of lifting up our priests in prayer. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why is there such a great need to pray for our priests?
  • Why does the enemy specifically attack the priesthood?
  • What is spiritual motherhood or fatherhood and how will taking on the role as a spiritual mother or father help priests fulfill their vocation? 
  • What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how did it come about?
  • What is the scriptural rosary for priests?
  • How does the priest affect the family?
  • Why is a Eucharistic holy hour so important?
  • How does prayer for priests impact the new evangelization?
  • What resources can one find on the Foundation of Prayer for Priests website?

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Sep 1, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa take your questions on establishing a consistent prayer time, discerning God's voice in prayer and growing in holiness. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • In a world filled with noise and distractions, how is it possible to slow down and spend time listening for God's voice?
  • Regular prayer is essential for our salvation.
  • We need sacred time, space and attention.
  • Is it possible for holiness and peace to increase in your soul without realizing it right away?
  • How do we know where thoughts or inspirations come from during prayer?
  • How can the Discernment of Spirits by St. Ignatius of Loyola help to differentiate between holy thoughts or inspirations and those that come from the world, the flesh or the devil?

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