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Now displaying: July, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lost.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Who was the most prominent Christ figure in Star Wars?
  • What ideas from the Star Wars films mirrored Gnosticism?
  • How did The Matrix also have Gnostic themes and ideas?
  • Which superheroes most closely resemble an orthodox view of Christ?
  • What is the best way to compare Christ figures in films and television to an authentic view of Christ?
  • What were the Black Panther's Christ-like traits?
  • How did the television series, Lost, portray God and heaven?
  • What is the Orthodoxy Score Chart at the end of the book and why was it included?

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Jul 27, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, discerning God's voice in prayer and the definition of contemplation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • When praying the Liturgy of the Hours, if you are struck by the reading, should you continue to pray the rest of the prayers or keep meditating on that particular thought or inspiration?
  • How do religious brothers, sisters and priests fulfill their obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours without the prayers becoming repetitive or meaningless?
  • How can one discern whether or not a thought or inspiration is coming from God?
  • What is the difference between the Ignatian definition and Carmelite definition of contemplation and who is correct?

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Jul 24, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Jim Papandrea to write this book?
  • Why do Christ figures keep arising in secular fiction and popular culture?
  • Even though writer Ronald Moore fell away from the Catholic Faith, how did religion keep surfacing throughout his scripts for Star Trek?
  • What philosophical themes and moral questions appear in science fiction television shows and films?
  • What important insights come from the movie I, Robot?
  • Can the book be used as am analytical tool to teach about different heresies which opposed the teachings of the Catholic Church?
  • What Christian and anti-Christian ideas come from the movie, Pleasantville?

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Jul 20, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about transitioning from the purgative way to the illuminative way, recognizing sin, and the importance of mental prayer.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How do you know if you're making the transition between the purgative and illuminative way? 
  • How do we know if we are committing mortal or venial sin?
  • If we had to choose between going to Mass, praying mental prayer and the rosary, which is most important?
  • Should you pray while doing other tasks?

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Jul 17, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. John Horgan to discuss the role of the angels in the Church and how they can help us to heaven.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Fr. Horgan to write His Angels at Our Side?
  • How do the angels lead us into prayer?
  • What are some of the most common misunderstandings about angels?
  • What are "choirs" of angels and how many are there?
  • Why are there distinctions between the choirs and what are those distinctions?
  • Should we give names to our guardian angels?
  • How can we determine the difference between an inspiration that comes from the Holy Spirit or one that comes from our angel?
  • When praying for others, should we pray to the individual's guardian angel for help or to God directly?

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Jul 13, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part 2 of a listener question and answer forum on frequent confession and the importance of confessing venial sins.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why does Venerable Pope Pius XII speak so strongly in favor of making frequent confessions of venial sin in his encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi?
  • What is devotional confession?
  • What is a reasonable request for confession?
  • How often is "frequent" when speaking of confession?
  • What is scrupulosity and why is it detrimental to the spiritual life?

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Jul 10, 2018

How can the wives of our brave soldiers cope with the stresses of life as their husbands leave to defend our great nation? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle to discuss the difficulties that accompany being a military wife and the hope that is offered through Our Lord and His Church.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Donna-Marie to write this book for military wives?
  • What kind of struggles do military wives face?
  • What is survivor's guilt?
  • How do the stories of military wives who have gone through these struggles help others in their time of need?
  • How does the book offer hope to those suffering from war wounds, whether physical, emotional or mental?
  • How is prayer integrated into this book?
  • What is the Military Council for Catholic Women?

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Jul 6, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about the sacrament of reconciliation.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What differentiates the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of the interior life?
  • Why must one go to confession if he or she is detached from habitual mortal and venial sin?
  • What is the purpose or benefit of confessing venial sins frequently?
  • What argument does Venerable Pope Pius XII make in favor of frequently confessing venial sins in his encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi?
  • When one reaches the "active night of the senses," is he or she free from habitual venial sin?
  • Is is possible to be truly free from attachment to habitual mortal and venial sin?
  • What should one do if he or she leaves the confessional feeling attacked, judged, or neglected?
  • Should we go to a regular confessor to benefit most from confession?

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Jul 3, 2018

What's wrong with leaving Mass after communion? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss the best response to the dismissal.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the significance of the dismissal at Mass?
  • To what degree will we be changed spiritually if we open our hearts and minds to Jesus as we receive Him in the Eucharist?
  • What is the benefit of preparing for the different parts of the Mass and truly understanding the meaning behind each word and action of the priest and the faithful?
  • How can we experience the riches of the Mass more fully on a week-to-week basis?

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