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Now displaying: December, 2017
Dec 29, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about the best methods of prayer, aridity, and the examen prayer. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • If there is limited time for silent prayer each day, what is the best way to pray during that time (lectio divina, spiritual reading, rosary, etc.)?
  • What is aridity?
  • How should one pray while experiencing aridity in the spiritual life?
  • Why does Dan use the examen prayer three times a day?
  • Are the morning, afternoon and evening examen prayers similar? 
  • Is the focus of the examen on sin?

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Dec 26, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press, about their new programs to teach the Catholic Faith in schools, parishes and homes across America. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What types of books does Sophia Institute Press publish?
  • What are the criteria that Sophia Institute Press follows when deciding whether or not to publish a book?
  • What are some new resources available to Catholic schools and parishes?
  • What is "Sophia Institute for Teachers"?
  • How is the K- 8 textbook series different than current textbook series used in Catholic Schools?
  • How does the Sophia textbook series help make lesson planning easier for busy teachers?
  • What is the "Family of Faith" parish program?
  • How is the "Family of Faith" program different from CCD programs?
  • What are the benefits of learning about the Faith together as a family?
  • How can the parish community help with family faith formation?

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Dec 22, 2017

What should we be doing spiritually to prepare for Christmas? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss ways we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and resources.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar?
  • How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient our hearts toward God?
  • How does the Old Testament help us understand Advent?
  • How can we get the longing for Jesus that we want during Advent?
  • Why is Advent considered a penitential season?
  • Daily Mass readings and the Liturgy of the Hours as extra devotionals during Advent.
  • Preparing your heart before Mass.
  • Why is confession so important during Advent?
  • What devotional elements are essential in spiritual preparation for Christmas?

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Dec 19, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with author, Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, The Catholic Guide to Loneliness.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is loneliness? 
  • Is social media causing people to become less connected?
  • What are the three psychological and behavioral components to loneliness?
  • What are some unhealthy manifestations of loneliness?
  • Why do the holidays seem to trigger loneliness?
  • How does the book help those suffering from loneliness to overcome the effects of loneliness?
  • We are never truly alone. God is always with us.
  • Why did some of the saints seek out solitude?
  • How can we grow closer to Christ through our loneliness?
  • Does the devil use loneliness as an opportunity to bring us into despair?
  • What are the ABC's of lonely thinking?

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Dec 15, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about feelings in prayer, the meaning of contemplative prayer, frustrations in life and having two spiritual directors. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is it bad to meditate without seeing or feeling anything?
  • What is contemplative prayer?
  • How does God communicate with us?
  • Is God really there when we're frustrated with life?
  • Can someone have more than one spiritual director?

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Dec 12, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they unpack the messages behind the parables of Jesus by speaking with Father George Rutler about his book, Hints of Heaven

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is a parable and why did Jesus choose to speak through parables?
  • How many parables are there?
  • Why is the book divided into short reflections on each parable?
  • Fr. Rutler tells of his favorite parables and why they have come to be his favorites.

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Dec 8, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the meaning and purpose of Advent?
  • Why should we fast during Advent?
  • How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas?
  • What are the "three comings" of Christ?
  • How can we counteract the loneliness or sadness that often accompanies the holiday season?
  • How can we avoid the secular influences on Advent and Christmas?

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Dec 5, 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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Dec 1, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about spiritual consolations, feelings, expectations in the interior life, and confusion in the Church.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Does Dan give speaking events outside of the United States?
  • Why should we not desire consolations in prayer?
  • What happens if we go to prayer expecting consolations?
  • What role do feelings play in the spiritual life?
  • God has left us guidance in the interior life through the lives of the saints so that we may know what to expect in order to spiritually mature.
  • What should we do if we are becoming troubled by news about the Pope and confusion in the Church?
  • How can we determine if a spiritual director is a good fit?

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