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Now displaying: April, 2018
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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