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Now displaying: October, 2018
Oct 30, 2018

How does one of the Catholic Church's greatest philosophical thinkers optimize his intellect? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, How to Think Like Aquinas to find out.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • How is Dr. Vost trying to reinvigorate the writings and thinking of St. Thomas Aquinas?
  • How did St. Thomas Aquinas bring Dr. Vost to convert from Atheism to Catholicism?
  • How has St. Thomas helped Dr. Vost better understand human psychology?
  • Why is St. Thomas Aquinas referred to as the Angelic Doctor?
  • Was the book intended to address memory issues or for other reasons?
  • What is the significance of St. Thomas's letter to Brother John?
  • How does St. Thomas address falsehoods in modern thinking?
  • Why should we think like Aquinas as opposed to other philosophical thinkers?
  • What are the most common, logical fallacies of our time and how can we combat them?
  • Why does St. Thomas promote prayer when discussing better thinking techniques and practices?

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Oct 26, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the difference between penance and mortification, being misunderstood in the workplace, reflecting on the Old Testament, and wrestling with countless temptations.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the difference between penance and mortification?
  • Mortification brings us strength of the will.
  • How can one handle being misunderstood continuously, so much so that it affects one's reputation?
  • How can one best read the Old Testament when it feels as though the God of the Old Testament is so different than the Trinitarian God that we find in the New Testament?
  • How does one cope with a constant flood of temptations?

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Oct 23, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Allen Smith about his book, The Cries of Jesus from the Cross for insight into the life and works of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What inspired Al to compile these particular writings of Archbishop Sheen?
  • Why are the writings of Archbishop Sheen important in our current time?
  • Is there any update on the cause of Archbishop Sheen's canonization?
  • Why is the structure of the book important?
  • In what ways can the text be used?
  • What is the significance of removing the cross from the sight of the world?
  • How is the family being attacked in current times?
  • How important was prayer to Archbishop Sheen?

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Oct 19, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about the Avila Institute's High Calling Program, holiness, caring for a sick spouse and talking during Mass.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is the Avila Institute's High Calling Program?
  • What should we do when we are impatient when asking God to make us holy?
  • When one cares for a sick spouse and cannot pray, is the care being given considered a prayer?
  • Why are some Catholics legalistic and get angry when people greet and talk to each other in Mass? Doesn't God want us to love one another through fellowship?

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Oct 16, 2018

Are Catholics obligated to believe in apparitions? Is salvation possible outside of the Catholic Church? Join Dan and Stephanie Burke in part seven of a series of interviews with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, to shed light on these questions about the Faith.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Are Catholics required to believe in Marian apparitions?
  • Is salvation possible outside of the Catholic Church?
  • Is Catholicism just another denomination of Christianity?
  • What is the doctrine of invincible ignorance?

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Oct 12, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about contemplative prayer, practicing the presence of God, living out a holy marriage, and performing penance.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What is contemplative prayer? 
  • What is the best way to practice the presence of God?
  • When someone is in an unequally yoked marriage, how can they best reach out to their spouse and live out their faith to make sure the children understand the importance of prayer and love of God? 
  • Can one reach the contemplative state without performing serious penance?

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Oct 9, 2018

Why do Catholics focus so much on the crucifixion instead of the resurrection? Why do they claim to eat Jesus' body and drink His blood during the Mass? Join Melissa Elson in part six of a series of interviews with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, to shed light on these questions about the Faith.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Why do Catholics "wallow" in Christ's passion instead of focusing more on His resurrection?
  • Why is suffering an important concept to embrace as a believer of Christ?
  • How can the bitterness of Christ's passion and death help us perceive the resurrection as being even more glorious?
  • What is Jesus' message about suffering?
  • What message does Jesus reveal to us through His passion?
  • Do Catholics really eat the body and blood of Jesus?
  • Should Catholics be considered cannibals?
  • What is transubstantiation? 

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Oct 5, 2018

Join Dan and Stephanie Burke as they answer your questions about prayer, distractions at Mass, conversation with God, spiritual gluttony and the timeline of spiritual progress.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • What does "let us bless the Lord" mean the Liturgy of the Hours?
  • What should we do when we are distracted at Mass after receiving Holy Communion?
  • St. Teresa of Avila says prayer is the dialogue of the soul with God or conversation with God. How is this dialogue supposed to happen if both St. Teresa and St. John of the cross discourage people from paying too much attention to inner locutions?  
  • What is spiritual gluttony and how does it affect our spiritual life?
  • In what order to the different "nights" take place in the spiritual life? For instance, when does the "night of sense" take place, during the purgative, illuminative or unitive stage?

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Oct 2, 2018

Do Catholics really worship statues and live by rituals? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part five of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths.

Topics/Questions Covered in the Show:

  • Do Catholics worship statues?
  • Why did the Catholic Church include statues and stained glass in the its churches?
  • What are icons and why are they important to Catholics, especially the Eastern rites?
  • Do Catholics live by rituals?
  • What are rituals and why is there a negative connotation associated with rituals?
  • Rituals are required in the Old Testament.
  • Are rituals ever empty of meaning and purpose?
  • What is the difference between rituals and routine?

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