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Now displaying: October, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Mike Aquilina about his book, The Apostles and Their Times to help Catholics better understand the roots of the Catholic Church and what early Christianity was really like.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can this book help us discover the truth about the apostles and apostolic fathers?
  • What is the difference between an apostle and an apostolic father?
  • What impact do the writings of the apostolic fathers have on the Catholic Church?
  • How accepting were the Jewish and Roman people to the Gospel message? What was the spiritual climate like during the time of the apostles?
  • Is the persecution Christians are encountering today in the Holy Land similar to that of the times of the apostles?
  • What are the most common misconceptions about the early Church?
  • What role does archeology play in helping us understand more about the apostles and the early Church?
  • What should the reader come away with after reading this book?

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Oct 27, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about prayer commitments, incorporating intercessions into our prayer time, repetitious prayer, spiritual desolation and internet addiction.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • If we struggle with establishing a morning prayer routine, what can we do to be more successful?
  • We must condition our bodies to wake and sleep at the same time each day.
  • We need clarity, community, and accountability to be more successful with prayer commitments. 
  • How should we handle failure?
  • Is it normal for prayer to feel very repetitious?
  • Should we separate mental prayer time from prayer for petitions?
  • How can we pray most effectively for others?
  • What can we do if we feel alone or separated from God?
  • How can we overcome a Facebook or internet addiction which leads us to delay our prayers or skip them all together?
  • What is the Freedom app and how can it help get an internet addiction under control?

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Oct 24, 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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Oct 20, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about prayer methods, obedience to Church teaching, and spiritual consolations.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • When time is limited, what is the best way to pray when we are given so many options in the Church such as the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, lectio divina, mental prayer and the Jesus prayer from the Eastern Rite?  
  • Is obedience practiced as an act of love necessary for eternal intimacy with God?
  • John 14:21 - "Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him."
  • Should the interior heart reflect and be in line with exterior fruits?
  • Romans 7:19 - "For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want."
  • Romans 8:6 - "The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace."
  • Why should we not seek consolations in prayer?

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Oct 17, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they offer solutions to our culture's technologically obsessed world by speaking with author, Dr. Christopher Blum about his book, A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was the inspiration/motivation for the book?
  • How does technology increase anxiety? How does it detract from the spiritual life?
  • Why is the book set up in three sections?
  • What is the best way for readers to use this book? 
  • How can we take custody of our hearts and minds according to the Church?
  • Is A Mind at Peace a work of philosophy, theology, psychology, spirituality or all of these fields combined?
  • How would you characterize the peace that one can attain from the book?
  • What does it mean to be in the world but not of the world?
  • Which spiritual writers influenced the book most heavily?
  • Does the book offer a technique in achieving interior peace?
  • Could one use an app or other device to help determine how much social media time is enough in the course of the day? 

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Oct 13, 2017

Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the scapular, the difference between Protestant and Catholic views of salvation, and spiritual darkness.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can one go about supporting Divine Intimacy Radio and the Avila Institute?
  • Why do some people wear the scapular visibly? Shouldn't the scapular be warn under clothing?
  • How is the concept of "assurance of salvation" in Protestant doctrine viewed in Catholicism?
  • Is there a difference between darkness and aridity in prayer or are they merely different descriptions of the same experience?

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Oct 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered if ghosts exist or if damnation is real? Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson get the answers to these questions and more when they speak with Fr. Michael Kerper about his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why do godparents of a Catholic child need to be Catholic?
  • What is the real role of a godparent?
  • Is damnation real?
  • Do ghosts exist?
  • Does St. Thomas Aquinas ever discuss ghosts in the Summa Theologica?
  • What is the difference between and angel and a ghost?
  • Do we each have a guardian angel?

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Oct 6, 2017

Today Dan and Melissa talk about mortification and how we can love God more fully by denying ourselves of earthly things.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What does St. Teresa of Avila mean when she says, "Prayer and a comfortable life do not go together"?
  • What does it mean to take up our cross in the midst of all of the comfort we experience?
  • We are called to embrace the cross, which is the ultimate act of self-giving.
  • What is mortification?
  • Once we are detached from earthly things, we are free to love God in a more pure way.
  • When we are not mortifying ourselves, our appetites begin to rule us.   
  • Why are little, daily, physical mortifications helpful in the spiritual life?
  • What is a "rule of life" and how does this help incorporate mortification into our lives?

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Oct 3, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Connie Rossini about the book she and Dan wrote together titled, The Contemplative Rosary and discuss meditative methods of praying the rosary to keep our focus completely on Jesus. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • This book focuses on helping people who have never prayed the rosary, those who have struggled with the rosary, and those who feel the rosary has become dry or repetitive. 
  • Is everyone called to contemplative prayer?
  • Is contemplation something that we can work towards or a gift from God?
  • Why is contemplative prayer necessary for sanctity?
  • What is the definition of contemplation?
  • Are distractions while praying the rosary common?
  • What should we focus on while praying the rosary?
  • Can vocal prayer prepare you for contemplative prayer?
  • How is the contemplative rosary set up?
  • How does the book help us focus on Jesus?
  • What is the "clausular method" of praying the rosary?
  • Must we finish the rosary or should we stop if the Lord calls us to contemplate Him before we have completed our prayers?

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