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Divine Intimacy Radio

Divine Intimacy Radio is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Weekly we will explore topics like prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, holiness, and much more.
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Now displaying: 2018
Dec 18, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Transitioning from meditation to contemplation.
  • Overcoming habitual sin.

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Dec 14, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life!

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do you overcome habitual sin?
  • What are your thoughts on "The Benedict Option"?
  • Why did you leave Facebook?
  • How can I help my spouse dig deeper into faith?

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Dec 7, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How many people suffer from negative thoughts?
  • How to find peace through negative thoughts.

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What is the Divine Intimacy Radio Show?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those people seeking an increased intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom.

Twice a week, host Dan Burke and his co-host, Stephanie Burke, explore topics related to the interior life and to authentic Catholic teaching. And, it's amazing what they do! On Tuesdays, they interview various authors about their spiritual books and about the authors’ own insights on those books. On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which primarily include prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

Dec 4, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do I start in mental prayer?
  • Why does God thirst for me?
  • What are the signs of spiritual bondage?
  • How do I help family members who struggle in prayer?
  • Can prayer help me remember my past sins?

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What is the Divine Intimacy Radio Show?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those people seeking an increased intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom.

Twice a week, host Dan Burke and his co-host, Stephanie Burke, explore topics related to the interior life and to authentic Catholic teaching. And, it's amazing what they do! On Tuesdays, they interview various authors about their spiritual books and about the authors’ own insights on those books. On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which primarily include prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

Nov 9, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the spiritual life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Is God there when we are frustrated with life?
  • How do I find the best resources?
  • Is it bad to feel nothing when I meditate?
  • How did the saints pray against the enemy?
  • Saints suffering scrupulosity?

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Nov 6, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as interview Dr. Helen Hoffner, the author of "Catholic Traditions and Treasures."

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is Tradition?
  • Bathtub Madonna
  • Holy Cards
  • Chalking Homes

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Nov 2, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about spiritual desolation, suffering, the prayer of quiet, consistency in prayer, lectio divina and more.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How can we avoid getting discouraged during a period of desolation?
  • How does one suffer well? How can we offer up our suffering?
  • When exactly does the Holy Spirit initiate the "prayer of quiet" during our prayer time?
  • Should we attempt to keep a consistent prayer time if our hours at work change frequently, or should we simply pray when we have the opportunity?
  • What are the warning signs that we are starting to drift in prayer?
  • Is lectio divina a form of mental prayer?
  • What is Apostoli Viae?

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Oct 30, 2018

How does one of the Catholic Church's greatest philosophical thinkers optimize his intellect? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, How to Think Like Aquinas to find out.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How is Dr. Vost trying to reinvigorate the writings and thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas?
  • How did St. Thomas Aquinas bring Dr. Vost to convert from Atheism to Catholicism?
  • How has St. Thomas helped Dr. Vost better understand human psychology?
  • Why is St. Thomas Aquinas referred to as the Angelic Doctor?
  • Was the book intended to address memory issues or for other reasons?
  • What is the significance of St. Thomas's letter to Brother John?
  • How does St. Thomas address falsehoods in modern thinking?
  • Why should we think like Aquinas as opposed to other philosophical thinkers?
  • What are the most common, logical fallacies of our time and how can we combat them?
  • Why does St. Thomas promote prayer when discussing better thinking techniques and practices?

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Oct 26, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the difference between penance and mortification, being misunderstood in the workplace, reflecting on the Old Testament, and wrestling with countless temptations.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the difference between penance and mortification?
  • Mortification brings us strength of the will.
  • How can one handle being misunderstood continuously, so much so that it affects one's reputation?
  • How can one best read the Old Testament when it feels as though the God of the Old Testament is so different than the Trinitarian God that we find in the New Testament?
  • How does one cope with a constant flood of temptations?

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Oct 23, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Allen Smith about his book, The Cries of Jesus from the Cross for insight into the life and works of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Al to compile these particular writings of Archbishop Sheen?
  • Why are the writings of Archbishop Sheen important in our current time?
  • Is there any update on the cause of Archbishop Sheen's canonization?
  • Why is the structure of the book important?
  • In what ways can the text be used?
  • What is the significance of removing the cross from the sight of the world?
  • How is the family being attacked in current times?
  • How important was prayer to Archbishop Sheen?

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Oct 19, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the Avila Institute's High Calling Program, holiness, caring for a sick spouse and talking during Mass.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the Avila Institute's High Calling Program?
  • What should we do when we are impatient when asking God to make us holy?
  • When one cares for a sick spouse and cannot pray, is the care being given considered a prayer?
  • Why are some Catholics legalistic and get angry when people greet and talk to each other in Mass? Doesn't God want us to love one another through fellowship?

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Oct 16, 2018

Are Catholics obligated to believe in apparitions? Is salvation possible outside of the Catholic Church? Join Dan and Stephanie Burke in part seven of a series of interviews with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, to shed light on these questions about the Faith.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Are Catholics required to believe in Marian apparitions?
  • Is salvation possible outside of the Catholic Church?
  • Is Catholicism just another denomination of Christianity?
  • What is the doctrine of invincible ignorance?

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Oct 12, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about contemplative prayer, practicing the presence of God, living out a holy marriage, and performing penance.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is contemplative prayer?
  • What is the best way to practice the presence of God?
  • When someone is in an unequally yoked marriage, how can they best reach out to their spouse and live out their faith to make sure the children understand the importance of prayer and love of God?
  • Can one reach the contemplative state without performing serious penance?

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Oct 9, 2018

Why do Catholics focus so much on the crucifixion instead of the resurrection? Why do they claim to eat Jesus' body and drink His blood during the Mass? Join Melissa Elson in part six of a series of interviews with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, to shed light on these questions about the Faith.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why do Catholics "wallow" in Christ's passion instead of focusing more on His resurrection?
  • Why is suffering an important concept to embrace as a believer of Christ?
  • How can the bitterness of Christ's passion and death help us perceive the resurrection as being even more glorious?
  • What is Jesus' message about suffering?
  • What message does Jesus reveal to us through His passion?
  • Do Catholics really eat the body and blood of Jesus?
  • Should Catholics be considered cannibals?
  • What is transubstantiation?

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Oct 5, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about prayer, distractions at Mass, conversation with God, spiritual gluttony and the timeline of spiritual progress.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What does "let us bless the Lord" mean the Liturgy of the Hours?
  • What should we do when we are distracted at Mass after receiving Holy Communion?
  • St. Teresa of Avila says prayer is the dialogue of the soul with God or conversation with God. How is this dialogue supposed to happen if both St. Teresa and St. John of the cross discourage people from paying too much attention to inner locutions?
  • What is spiritual gluttony and how does it affect our spiritual life?
  • In what order to the different "nights" take place in the spiritual life? For instance, when does the "night of sense" take place, during the purgative, illuminative or unitive stage?

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Oct 2, 2018

Do Catholics really worship statues and live by rituals? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part five of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Do Catholics worship statues?
  • Why did the Catholic Church include statues and stained glass in the its churches?
  • What are icons and why are they important to Catholics, especially the Eastern rites?
  • Do Catholics live by rituals?
  • What are rituals and why is there a negative connotation associated with rituals?
  • Rituals are required in the Old Testament.
  • Are rituals ever empty of meaning and purpose?
  • What is the difference between rituals and routine?

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Sep 28, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the dark night of the soul, lectio divina, concentration during prayer and the differences between the purgative and illuminative stages of prayer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Must we all experience the dark night of the soul at some point in our interior lives?
  • What should we do during the "contemplatio" step of lectio divina?
  • What should we do if we cannot seem to focus on the mysteries of the rosary while praying the rosary?
  • How do we know when we are moving from the purgative stage of prayer to the illuminative stage?
  • Can one who has reached the illuminative stage of prayer fall back to the purgative stage?

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Sep 25, 2018

What was significant about the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI and what should we take away from his years as our pontiff? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author, James Day about his book, Father Benedict to address these questions and more

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What was the inspiration behind the book?
  • What surprising about Pope Benedict's papacy and writings?
  • How did Pope Benedict challenge modernism?
  • How did Pope Benedict's personal, spiritual life and perspective of relationship with God shape his pontificate?
  • What is the devotion to the Holy Face and why was it significant to Pope Benedict?
  • What were some of the misunderstandings about Pope Benedict?
  • What is metanoia? Why is it a reoccuring theme in the book and in Pope Benedict's pontificate?

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Sep 21, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about delving into the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, overcoming habitual, mortal sin, and the desire for prayer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • In what order should one read the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross?
  • How can we overcome habitual, mortal sin?
  • Why is confession so important in overcoming habitual sin?
  • Is the desire for prayer incompatible with being in the state of mortal sin?
  • Is it ever inappropriate to ask questions about spiritual matters?

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Sep 18, 2018

Is there a demonic attack against priests? Why emphasize prayer rather than action during this turbulent time in the Church? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author, Kathleen Beckman about her book, Praying for Priests to address these questions and more

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the Foundation of Prayer for Priests and how can one spiritually adopt a priest or bishop?
  • Why is prayer for priests so important?
  • Why is the priesthood attacked by the demonic spirits more frequently, deliberately and intensely?
  • Why should we spend time in prayer about the crisis in the Church rather than taking action?
  • What weapons do we have in the Church to combat the demons?
  • What is Auxilium Christianorum?
  • What resources are offered at Foundation of Prayer for Priests?

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Sep 14, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the news, conflict within in the Church, righteous anger, and Jesus' view on wealth and holiness.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • In light of his recent appointment as President of EWTN News, how will Dan's spirituality impact the way he manages the news for EWTN?
  • How should we deal with conflict in the Church? Should we react as Jesus did in the temple in response to the money changers?
  • What is righteous anger?
  • Jesus says that riches are an obstacle for entering heaven. Can we still be saints if we are successful monetarily?

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Sep 11, 2018

What brought a loving Protestant couple's marriage to ruins and how did the Catholic Church heal this divide? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. David Anders about his book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What converted David from a staunch Protestant background to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church?
  • What role did St. Therese of Lisieux play in convincing Dr. Anders to become Catholic?
  • Why did Dr. Anders initially reject God's grace?
  • How did the sacrament of confession change Dr. Anders' outlook on the Protestant view of salvation?
  • What is wrong if a practicing, faithful Catholic couple is having a tough time with their marriage?

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Sep 7, 2018

Explore the wisdom of the carmelites as Dan Burke answers your questions regarding dealing with the crisis in the Church, mental prayer, consolations, mortification of the senses and infused recollection.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do we know where the true shepherds reside within the Church in light of the current scandals? 
  • What does St. John of the Cross say about the mortification of the senses?
  • How much should reading play a role in mental prayer especially when one is experiencing dryness in prayer?
  • What is the difference between consolation in prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit moving one's heart in prayer toward virtue, contrition, gratitude, etc.?"
  • What should one do when he or she comes from a culture that insists on acting a certain way towards enemies of the family?
  • What is the difference between infused recollection and infused contemplation?

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Sep 4, 2018

What brought a loving Protestant couple's marriage to ruins and how did the Catholic Church heal this divide? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. David Anders about his book, The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:anders

  • What converted David from a staunch Protestant background to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church?
  • What were some of the lies Dr. Anders believed about Catholicism?
  • Why was Dr. Anders' conversion so difficult for him?
  • What happened during their marriage to bring about such feelings of animosity towards each other?
  • How did the Catholic Church heal the marriage?
  • Is there any marriage preparation in modern Protestantism to help prepare the couple for the challenges they may face in their lives as husband and wife?

Resources:The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage

Aug 31, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answers questions from listeners about suffering, setting up a domestic monastery, and self-esteem.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Do we have to suffer in order for our prayers to be pleasing to God? 
  • How can we make a domestic monastery in the home in a practical sense for a family with young children or teenagers?
  • What makes a prayer space or altar in the home successful?
  • How can I build up my self-esteem and still trust God with everything? Does God want us to have high self-esteem? Does humility lower our self-esteem?

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