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Now displaying: 2018
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:

  • 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?

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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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Aug 28, 2018

Why do Catholics call priests Father? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest instead of directly to God? Do Catholics really worship Mary? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part four of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Jesus says to call no man father, so why do Catholics call priests Father? 
  • Why do Catholics confess their sins to priests instead of confessing them to God directly?
  • Are Catholics also Christians?
  • Do Catholics really worship Mary?
  • How can Catholics say that Mary was conceived without sin?

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Aug 24, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answers questions from listeners about sin and imperfections, "the dark night," and spiritual gluttony.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the difference between venial sins and imperfections?
  • How does personal sin affect others?
  • What should we do if the news draws us to despair?
  • What is "the dark night" that St. John of the Cross refers to so frequently?
  • What is spiritual gluttony?

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Aug 21, 2018

Did Catholics invent purgatory? Is the pope the anti-Christ? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part three of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Did Catholics invent purgatory? 
  • Why do non-Catholics believe that the pope is the anti-Christ?
  • Can Catholics earn their salvation?
  • What is the difference between salvation and redemption?
  • Did the Catholic Church invent priests?

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Aug 17, 2018

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering and the Holy Spirit.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice?
  • How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? 
  • Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? 
  • Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer, reaching God? Is God pleased with these prayers even though your mind and heart are distracted?

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Aug 14, 2018

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? 
  • Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics manipulated the Ten Commandments?
  • Did Catholics invent new sacraments?

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Aug 10, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge to overcome sin.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer?
  • Is contemplation the same as meditation?
  • How important are short prayers throughout the day?
  • What if memories occupy your mind during prayer? Are those thoughts from God?
  • How necessary is it to know your temperament to overcome sin?
  • How can one overcome contemplative aridity?
  • Are prayers of penance or reparation particularly important to contemplative prayer? 
  • What is the best way to start a prayer routine?

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Aug 7, 2018

What misunderstandings do non-Catholics have about Galileo or Catholics and the Bible? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to find out.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Dr. Verschuuren to write this book?
  • Are many of the misunderstandings about the Catholic Church stem from not allowing the Church to define her own teachings?
  • Is language a barrier to understanding Church teaching?
  • What are the lies that many believe about Galileo?
  • Why do some non-Catholics believe that Catholics are forbidden to read the Bible?
  • Did the Catholic Church add books to the Bible?

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Aug 3, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about beginning prayer and praying for others.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Does God listen to our prayers when we are in a state of mortal sin?
  • Is it worthwhile to pray for concrete things?
  • How can we be assured our prayers are acceptable to God when we are distracted in prayer?
  • Should a beginner start praying lectio divina with the daily Mass readings? 
  • Will God respond to our prayers for non-baptized people?
  • Is there anything wrong with desiring to pray outside of the written prayers in our prayer books?

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Jul 31, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lost.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Who was the most prominent Christ figure in Star Wars?
  • What ideas from the Star Wars films mirrored Gnosticism?
  • How did The Matrix also have Gnostic themes and ideas?
  • Which superheroes most closely resemble an orthodox view of Christ?
  • What is the best way to compare Christ figures in films and television to an authentic view of Christ?
  • What were the Black Panther's Christ-like traits?
  • How did the television series, Lost, portray God and heaven?
  • What is the Orthodoxy Score Chart at the end of the book and why was it included?

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Jul 27, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer and the definition of contemplation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration?
  • How do religious brothers, sisters and priests fulfill their obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours without the prayers becoming repetitive or meaningless?
  • How can one discern whether or not a thought or inspiration is coming from God?
  • What is the difference between the Ignatian definition and Carmelite definition of contemplation and who is correct?

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