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Now displaying: May, 2018
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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