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Divine Intimacy Radio is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Weekly we will explore topics like prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, holiness, and much more.
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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answers questions from listeners about suffering, setting up a domestic monastery, and self-esteem.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Do we have to suffer in order for our prayers to be pleasing to God? 
  • How can we make a domestic monastery in the home in a practical sense for a family with young children or teenagers?
  • What makes a prayer space or altar in the home successful?
  • How can I build up my self-esteem and still trust God with everything? Does God want us to have high self-esteem? Does humility lower our self-esteem?

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Aug 28, 2018

Why do Catholics call priests Father? Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest instead of directly to God? Do Catholics really worship Mary? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part four of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Jesus says to call no man father, so why do Catholics call priests Father? 
  • Why do Catholics confess their sins to priests instead of confessing them to God directly?
  • Are Catholics also Christians?
  • Do Catholics really worship Mary?
  • How can Catholics say that Mary was conceived without sin?

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Aug 24, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answers questions from listeners about sin and imperfections, "the dark night," and spiritual gluttony.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the difference between venial sins and imperfections?
  • How does personal sin affect others?
  • What should we do if the news draws us to despair?
  • What is "the dark night" that St. John of the Cross refers to so frequently?
  • What is spiritual gluttony?

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Aug 21, 2018

Did Catholics invent purgatory? Is the pope the anti-Christ? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part three of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Did Catholics invent purgatory? 
  • Why do non-Catholics believe that the pope is the anti-Christ?
  • Can Catholics earn their salvation?
  • What is the difference between salvation and redemption?
  • Did the Catholic Church invent priests?

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Aug 17, 2018

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering and the Holy Spirit.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice?
  • How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? 
  • Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? 
  • Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer, reaching God? Is God pleased with these prayers even though your mind and heart are distracted?

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Aug 14, 2018

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? 
  • Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics manipulated the Ten Commandments?
  • Did Catholics invent new sacraments?

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Aug 10, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge to overcome sin.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer?
  • Is contemplation the same as meditation?
  • How important are short prayers throughout the day?
  • What if memories occupy your mind during prayer? Are those thoughts from God?
  • How necessary is it to know your temperament to overcome sin?
  • How can one overcome contemplative aridity?
  • Are prayers of penance or reparation particularly important to contemplative prayer? 
  • What is the best way to start a prayer routine?

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Aug 7, 2018

What misunderstandings do non-Catholics have about Galileo or Catholics and the Bible? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to find out.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Dr. Verschuuren to write this book?
  • Are many of the misunderstandings about the Catholic Church stem from not allowing the Church to define her own teachings?
  • Is language a barrier to understanding Church teaching?
  • What are the lies that many believe about Galileo?
  • Why do some non-Catholics believe that Catholics are forbidden to read the Bible?
  • Did the Catholic Church add books to the Bible?

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Aug 3, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about beginning prayer and praying for others.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Does God listen to our prayers when we are in a state of mortal sin?
  • Is it worthwhile to pray for concrete things?
  • How can we be assured our prayers are acceptable to God when we are distracted in prayer?
  • Should a beginner start praying lectio divina with the daily Mass readings? 
  • Will God respond to our prayers for non-baptized people?
  • Is there anything wrong with desiring to pray outside of the written prayers in our prayer books?

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