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Jun 19, 2018

Why is the Eucharistic Prayer one of the most active times during the liturgy? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how the faithful become bridge builders along with the priest to offer up our sacrifices during the Mass.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What do the faithful misunderstand most about participating in the Eucharistic Prayer?
  • How is the congregation called to participate during the Eucharistic Prayer?
  • Does praying in the vernacular assist the faithful in their participation in the Eucharistic prayer?
  • What is the meaning of the term, "pontifex"?
  • Why are the faithful considered "ponifex minimus"?
  • Why does the priest ask God to "accept" his sacrifice and ours rather than to "take" it? 
  • What can we do on a practical level to implement this participation in the Mass in a more meaningful way?

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Jun 15, 2018

Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book, Time for God focusing on ways that we can enter into and sustain a deep and meaningful prayer life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How important is perseverance in prayer and why?
  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in one's prayer life?
  • What should meditation look like according to Fr. Philippe?
  • Should we only read Sacred Scripture during our mental prayer time or can we use other spiritual reading?
  • If our hearts are moved by a particular reading during our prayer time, but we must end our prayer time before we have finished reflecting on the reading, should we return to that same reading during our next mental prayer time?
  • What does St. John of the Cross have to say about the cause of "dryness" in prayer?
  • What is the Jesus prayer and why does Fr. Philippe mention it?
  • How can the rosary act as a great tool for meditation?
  • At what age should one introduce children to mental prayer?

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Jun 12, 2018

Why are youth ministry programs failing to make lifelong disciples of our young people? Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Everett Fritz about his book, The Art of Forming Young Disciples, to discover how we can change our youth programs to effectively impact the next generation of Catholics.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What was the motivation to write this book?
  • What are some current approaches to youth ministry?
  • Specifically, what is the "Sermon on the Mount" approach? 
  • What are the five basic needs of teenagers today?
  • Why are Catholic schools failing in their formation of young people?
  • What should youth programs look like in our parishes?
  • Why is the need for guidance so important for teenagers?
  • How difficult is it to start small group ministry at our parishes?

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Jun 8, 2018

Where should we pray and how much time should we spend in prayer? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book, Time for God and how to determine the best circumstances for your daily prayer experience.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How can one benefit from having a designated prayer space in his or her home?
  • How can icons or spiritual objects help us during our mental prayer time?
  • Should children use the same prayer space as their parents, or should they have their own space?
  • How can we establish a prayer time if our vocational obligations are unpredictable?
  • Why do we need to be consistent in prayer?
  • How much time should we allot for prayer each day?
  • How can mothers specifically incorporate prayer time into their busy schedules?
  • Can our time in prayer vary from week to week or should we remain consistent?

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Jun 5, 2018

What is the purpose of the Offertory during Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how we can unite our hearts to God's during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the Offertory?
  • How do we prepare our hearts to offer them as a sacrifice to God?
  • What is the common misconception of "sacrifice"?
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI describes sacrifice as the loving union of of our hearts with God.
  • How does the reception of the Eucharist compare with the engagement of our hearts to God's at the Offertory as the pinnacle of active participation in the Mass?
  • What is the connection between the Old Testament figures Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah and our participation in the sacrifice of the Mass?
  • In a practical way, how can we engage more deeply in the Mass through the Offertory?

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Jun 1, 2018

What is really happening when it feels like God is distancing Himself from us in our prayer lives? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book, Time for God and the transition from meditation to contemplation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How is prayer progressive in its nature?
  • Our goal with prayer is union with God.
  • Why do most people have trouble understanding the transition from meditation to contemplation?
  • When God offers us consolations, we can begin to attach feelings to prayer, which can be problematic.
  • In the Ignatian tradition St. Ignatius says that when you are in consolation, the key to being appropriately oriented is humility, and when in desolation, it's trust because we can falsely attribute the graces we receive to our good actions.
  • God is always working on our souls during our prayer time.
  • How does God work in our souls if we can't feel it?
  • What does Fr. Philippe mean when he talks about having been “wounded by God” rather than necessarily being healed?
  • God always keeps us seeking. The closer we get to God, the more distant we feel.
  • What is the "passive night of the senses"?
  • Why shouldn't we seek a "spiritual high" in prayer?

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May 29, 2018

How can we truly hear and understand the Word of God at Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the most effective way to listen to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What does it mean to hear the readings at Mass?
  • What is the sacramental principle?
  • St. Benedict proposes that we listen to the Word of God with the "ears of our heart". What does this mean?
  • What does it mean to be "logos-ized"?
  • How can we properly prepare for the readings during the Mass when there is only a short period of time to do so?
  • What is "lectio divina" and how can we properly apply it to better prepare ourselves for the Mass readings?
  • What are the steps of "lectio divina"?
  • Why is the Liturgy of the Word important and how does it prepare us for the Liturgy of the Eucharist?

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May 25, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Connie Rossini about Fr. Jacques Philippe's book, Time for God and the efforts and dispositions involved in establishing a prayer life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why are prayer and the liturgy attacked so frequently in our time?
  • Love is a matter of will not of feelings.
  • How should one go about advancing in prayer if he or she is authentically trying to love God?
  • The Holy Spirit will lead us in prayer.
  • Why does Fr. Philippe believe that it is deeply important to realize God's love for us?
  • How much effort should be involved in prayer?
  • Does God work in our souls even if we do not feel like our prayer time was successful?

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May 22, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the beauty of the opening prayer of the Mass.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the sacramental principle?
  • What is mystagogy?
  • Why is the opening prayer of the Mass so important?
  • What should be happening during the opening prayer?
  • How is it possible that a God that doesn't need us thirsts for us and longs for us?
  • What does it mean to bring our prayers forward as an offering to God during the opening prayer?
  • Why is the opening prayer called the "collect"?
  • Why is silence important during the Mass?

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May 18, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author, Connie Rossini, about the necessities to establishing a lasting prayer life.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why does Fr. Philippe focus on having a strong faith as a necessary step to establishing a lasting prayer life?
  • What role do feelings play in prayer?
  • How can false humility drive us away from prayer?
  • Why is perseverance important for spiritual growth?
  • What is lacking in the spiritual lives of those who say they do not have time for prayer?
  • How can prayer help us through the everyday struggles and exhaustion of life?
  • If we are not practicing mental prayer, are our works for God not as meaningful?
  • Can we break up our prayer time into two segments, or should we do all of our mental prayer at once?
  • What should one meditate on if he or she is in the beginning stages of prayer?

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May 15, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What three events happen during the liturgy?
  • How do we understand the sacramental principle?
  • What is mystagogy?
  • What does it mean to make the sign of the cross?
  • How can the faithful enter into a more full/active participation into the Mass?
  • Mystagogy leads us from visible reality to invisible realities.
  • Where can we find references to the cross in Scripture?
  • What is the significance of these references?

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May 11, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with author, Connie Rossini, about the differences between Christian contemplative prayer and non-Christian Eastern meditation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What are the promised results of non-Christian Eastern meditation?
  • Is is possible that non-Christian Eastern meditation can lead to demonic possession?
  • What is the focus of prayer methods of the East?
  • What does the Vatican say about non-Christian Eastern meditation?
  • Is it wrong to use a method in our approach to prayer?
  • When we begin a prayer routine, should we simply sit back and wait for God to speak to us?
  • Is it problematic to concentrate on your breathing during prayer?
  • What role does intention play in meditative prayer?

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May 8, 2018

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book, A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What are the major themes of the book?
  • Why is active participation in the Mass so important?
  • What does "active participation" in the Mass mean and how can we accomplish it?
  • How should we enter into the church building?
  • Why is it important to focus on something as simple as entering through the church doors?
  • St. Augustine says that through the Eucharist, "we can become Christ." What does this mean? How can we enter fully into the Eucharistic feast?
  • How is the book set up? How can we use it to help us change our participation in the Mass?
  • What is mystagogy and why is this approach used in the book?

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May 4, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute about how the faithful can endure and overcome difficulties in the liturgy in our time.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do we constructively face and overcome challenges in our parishes when the liturgy is contrary to the teachings of the Church?
  • How do these challenging experiences at Mass, to some degree, reflect Jesus' road to Calvary?
  • Can the Lord draw us into a powerful, prayerful experience at Mass amidst the chaos?
  • How can we overcome the culturally induced mindset that the Mass should be entertaining? 
  • These experiences can be a kind of suffering that we can offer to Christ.
  • How have liturgical abuses caused men to have a decreased faith life?

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May 1, 2018

What was Catholicism like in colonial America? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. Charles Connor about his book, Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars to unveil the plight of Catholics who ventured to the New World.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What was the religious climate like in England and America during the founding of the 13 colonies?
  • Why does Maryland have a Catholic history?
  • What caused such intolerance towards Catholics in the colonies?
  • Were the founding fathers of the United States anti-Catholic?
  • How does the history of Catholics in early America pertain to our country's current, secularized, anti-Christian culture? 

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Apr 27, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute about the importance of our participation in the Mass and how if affects not only us, but all of those around us.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What affect does the Mass have on the souls of the faithful?
  • What does the Old Testament say about disobediently making an offering to God?
  • What does St. Paul say about unworthily receiving the body and blood of Christ in the New Testament?
  • Why does God keep Adam and Eve from partaking of the Tree of Life after their fall?
  • Why should we follow Church teaching regarding the Mass and the Eucharist?
  • How should we approach the Blessed Sacrament at Mass?

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Apr 24, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with author Dr. Kevin Vost and interview him on 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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Apr 20, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the transition from meditation to contemplation. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • We must have an understanding of the transition from meditation to contemplation in order to cooperate with God. 
  • How can someone advance in the spiritual life if they have trouble meditating?
  • Meditating is both thinking about Scripture and entering into the readings through discursive and affective meditation.
  • Vocal prayer done well can lead us to deeper meditation.
  • Is everyone called to the contemplative life?
  • Is it possible for God to withhold a soul from contemplation and keep them in the meditative stage of prayer?
  • You must become aware of the depths of your sin and become reliant on Jesus to purify you.
  • When you are unable to meditate on Scripture, do you keep reading or are there tricks to meditation?
  • What are some of the common experiences when someone is transitioning from meditation to contemplation?

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Apr 17, 2018

How can executives in our profit obsessed corporations maintain a sense of integrity in their leadership roles? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Brian Engelland about his book, Force for Good: A Catholic Guide to Business Integrity, to better understand why honesty and trust produce a more successful business.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Do many executives express interest in looking for ways to live out their faith lives in the business world?
  • What are the most common conflicts that CEOs come across in businesses if they want to proceed with integrity?
  • Is it difficult for business leaders to come up with standards to maintain integrity within the corporation?
  • What is business integrity?
  • How important is motivation in the workplace?
  • How important is profit?
  • What role does trust play in forming relationships with customers?
  • Currently, what is the greatest dilemma that business executives face?
  • What does prayer have to do with running a successful business?

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Apr 13, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute about The Avila Summit Event coming up this summer and why the theme, "Worship Animating Culture" was chosen. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is The Summit? When and where will it take place?
  • Why is there a need for this event?
  • Who will be speaking at the event?
  • Why was the theme, "Worship Animating Culture" chosen as the focus?
  • Why is the liturgy so important to evangelization?
  • What is the "High Calling Program" at the Avila Institute?

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Apr 10, 2018

What does it mean to be called to a contemplative prayer life? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the book Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God to discover the riches hidden in the wisdom of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why did Dr. Lilles choose to focus his doctoral work on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity?
  • Who is Sister Giovanna Della Croce and why are her writings about St. Elizabeth important?
  • What is unique about St. Elizabeth of the Trinity?
  • Why did the Church wait until recently to recognize the importance of her life and writings? 
  • What is the importance of focusing on all three persons of the Trinity during prayer?
  • What is contemplation? What is her approach to contemplation? Is contemplation intended for lay men and women as well as religious brothers and sisters?
  • St. Elizabeth did not experience ecstasies or raptures in prayer. Are these psychological experiences necessary during contemplative prayer?
  • How can St. Elizabeth's writings help listeners transform their prayer lives to become more intimate with each person of the Trinity? 

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Apr 6, 2018

Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? 
  • Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else?
  • Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that we think too much during prayer?
  • Should we "empty our minds" in prayer?
  • How do we avoid distractions in prayer?
  • What should be our focus during prayer?

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Apr 3, 2018

How does your temperament affect your marriage? Join Melissa Elson as she speaks with Laraine Bennett about her book, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse to find the key to a peaceful and communicative marriage.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What are the four temperaments?
  • How is it helpful to know your temperament and the temperament of your spouse?
  • How do opposite temperaments get along in a marriage setting?
  • What are advantages and pitfalls to being married to a spouse of the same temperament? 
  • How can spouses use the knowledge of their own temperaments as tools for better communication within the marriage?
  • Is it possible for an individual to have opposite primary and secondary temperaments?

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Mar 30, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on Good Friday and the Passion and death of our Lord. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Dan's advices everyone to watch the movie, The Passion of the Christ, today to better reflect on the reality of the suffering and agony of Jesus in his last hours on earth.
  • Fr. Gabriel suggests that we voluntarily accept suffering and unite our sufferings to those of Christ. 
  • The Agony in the Garden presents us with the extreme abandonment and desolation Jesus experienced in His soul and the weight of all the sins of mankind.
  • St. John of the Cross speaks of self-mortification as the way to pick up the cross and follow Jesus.
  • In order to imitate Christ, we need to come to know Him by studying His life, which has been proclaimed through the gospels. 
  • St. John says we must renounce any sensory satisfaction that is not purely for the honor and glory of God.
  • St. John advises that if we practice detachment of earthly pleasures and resist our will, we will experience "great delight and consolation."
  • St. John leads us to Christ through the way of "nothing."

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Mar 27, 2018

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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