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Now displaying: October, 2017
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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