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Now displaying: March, 2018
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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Mar 23, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the seven sorrows of Mary. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How can the Blessed Mother bring us closer to Jesus?
  • What are the seven sorrows of Mary?
  • Why should we meditate on these sorrows?
  • What are the seven promises or graces given to those who meditate on these sorrows?

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Mar 20, 2018

What is your temperament and how does it affect your spiritual life? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Laraine Bennett about her book, The Temperament God Gave You to decode the strengths and weaknesses of the four temperaments.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is a temperament?
  • Is temperament the same as personality?
  • Are we slaves to our temperaments?
  • What are the four temperaments?
  • What are some examples of saints who exhibited the four temperaments?
  • What are some spiritual strengths and weaknesses to each temperament?

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Mar 16, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the blind obedience. 

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What does Fr. Gabriel mean by obedience and why should be obedient to our superiors?
  • How is obedience the free sacrifice of liberty?
  • Do we have to be obedient in the case of a sinful act?
  • How should someone in religious life handle situations of obedience when the request is not in conformity with the spirit of the order, but not sinful?
  • What is the value of obedience?

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Mar 13, 2018

How does an atheist come to believe in God? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Holly Ordway about her contribution to the book, From Atheism to Catholicism to find out what drew her to the Catholic Church.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What did Dr. Ordway's childhood look like in terms of the practice of Christianity?
  • What influence did The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings have on Dr. Ordway's conversion?
  • How can atheists explain the innate sense of morality and goodness in people who aren't Christian?
  • Was there a personal witness in Dr. Ordway's life who helped her better understand Christianity?
  • Where there any Christian witnesses who pushed her further away from the Christian faith?
  • How can someone approach an atheist about Christianity in a respectful and effective way?

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Mar 9, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene on the meaning of true glory. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How did the idea of honor and glory affect St. Teresa of Avila and the convent of the Incarnation?
  • Why does honor and/or glory impede us in our pursuit of heaven?
  • How does awareness of our sinful behavior help us stay humble?
  • How can honor or glory present the opportunity for a sin against charity?
  • How does our preoccupation with our rights lead us to sin?

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Mar 6, 2018

What would it be like for the saints to confront their moral, theological or philosophical counterparts in history? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson, as they speak with Dr. Benjamin Wiker about his book, Saints vs. Scoundrels to find the answer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What was the motivation for choosing these particular people from history?
  • Why is the book written in a dramatic context?
  • How much research was involved in writing the book?
  • Why are these particular saints and scoundrels paired together, especially if they came from different time periods?
  • How did Dr. Wiker's encounters with the writings of these saints and scoundrels influence his conversion to the Catholic Church?
  • Do the saints all have similar personalities because they are saints?
  • What can the reader gain from this book?
  • Is there a pattern among the scoundrels which leads them to their erroneous thoughts and beliefs?

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Mar 2, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene on humility through the willful acceptance of humiliations. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why should we strive to be humble?
  • Why is humility the doorway to all of the virtues?
  • In the gospels, how does Jesus look upon those who are humble as opposed to those who are prideful?
  • Should humility be seen as a type of low self-esteem or lack of confidence?
  • How does the world view the humble?
  • Should we seek humiliations?
  • How should we react to humiliations in order to grow in humility?

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