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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 19, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about overcoming habitual sin and attachments.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What are attachments and disordered attachments?
  • What are the steps to overcoming habitual sin?
  • What role does fasting from food play in overcoming habitual sin?
  • Is it okay to fast for both spiritual and physical reasons simultaneously?

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Jan 16, 2018

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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Jan 12, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and avoiding distractions in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is ascetical theology?
  • What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology?
  • What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross?
  • Is it a good idea to connect with a spiritual director remotely if you cannot be physically present when meeting with him or her?
  • What is the best way to find a spiritual director?
  • How can we avoid distractions in prayer?

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Jan 9, 2018

Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith as well as tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa in Part 1 of their interview. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the best way to answer a question about the Faith?
  • How does our language or vocabulary play a role in answering questions about the Faith?
  • What are your top resources for answering questions about Catholicism?
  • What is the strangest question you've ever been asked?
  • Will our pets go to heaven?
  • Did Jesus actually give us the Lord's Prayer?
  • How does the living Faith of an ordinary, orthodox Catholic impact others?

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Jan 5, 2018

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation?
  • How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? 
  • How can I encourage my spouse to find peace through Christ without seeming critical? 

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Jan 2, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Susan Brinkmann about her book, A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, to discover the truth about this increasingly popular, but dangerous practice.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why was it necessary to enlist the help of experts on Eastern religions to write this book?
  • What is mindfulness? Where did it originate?
  • Can the Buddhist influence on mindfulness be separated from the practice?
  • Why do studies show that mindfulness is helpful for stress reduction and anxiety?
  • Why were so many of the studies invalid?
  • Is this movement financially motivated?
  • What are some of the affects of mindfulness? 
  • Why are Eastern meditative practices so attractive to Western cultures?
  • What are some of the differences between Christianity and Buddhism?

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