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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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Jan 26, 2018

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Connie Rossini about authentic contemplative prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is authentic contemplative prayer?
  • Why did Connie start the authentic contemplative prayer group?
  • Why do we need to bring clarity to the realm of spirituality?
  • What are the top three problems with centering prayer?
  • How should we begin a prayer routine?
  • What is "affective prayer" and how would one pray this way?
  • What is discursive prayer?
  • Can we enter into contemplative prayer by our own efforts, or does God call us to contemplative prayer?

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Jan 23, 2018

How can we make the home a place of peace and prayer? Today, Dan and Melissa discuss the book, The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home with author, Leila Lawler, to help families orient their lives to Christ.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is an oratory?
  • How should one go about setting up his or her prayer space?
  • Is a prayer corner or space expensive?
  • What does it mean to develop a regular, daily prayer life? 
  • How can the oratory help develop a prayer routine?
  • Why is the Liturgy of the Hours important?
  • How should our lives reflect the liturgical year?
  • What does the liturgy have to do with family prayer life?

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Jan 19, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about overcoming habitual sin and attachments.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What are attachments and disordered attachments?
  • What are the steps to overcoming habitual sin?
  • What role does fasting from food play in overcoming habitual sin?
  • Is it okay to fast for both spiritual and physical reasons simultaneously?

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Jan 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered if ghosts exist or if damnation is real? Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson get the answers to these questions and more when they speak with Fr. Michael Kerper about his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why do godparents of a Catholic child need to be Catholic?
  • What is the real role of a godparent?
  • Is damnation real?
  • Do ghosts exist?
  • Does St. Thomas Aquinas ever discuss ghosts in the Summa Theologica?
  • What is the difference between and angel and a ghost?
  • Do we each have a guardian angel?

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Jan 12, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and avoiding distractions in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is ascetical theology?
  • What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology?
  • What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross?
  • Is it a good idea to connect with a spiritual director remotely if you cannot be physically present when meeting with him or her?
  • What is the best way to find a spiritual director?
  • How can we avoid distractions in prayer?

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Jan 9, 2018

Questions about the Faith can be difficult to answer sometimes. In his book, A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, Fr. Michael Kerper explains how to approach answering questions about the Faith as well as tackles some interesting questions from Dan and Melissa in Part 1 of their interview. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the best way to answer a question about the Faith?
  • How does our language or vocabulary play a role in answering questions about the Faith?
  • What are your top resources for answering questions about Catholicism?
  • What is the strangest question you've ever been asked?
  • Will our pets go to heaven?
  • Did Jesus actually give us the Lord's Prayer?
  • How does the living Faith of an ordinary, orthodox Catholic impact others?

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Jan 5, 2018

Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation?
  • How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? 
  • How can I encourage my spouse to find peace through Christ without seeming critical? 

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Jan 2, 2018

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Susan Brinkmann about her book, A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, to discover the truth about this increasingly popular, but dangerous practice.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why was it necessary to enlist the help of experts on Eastern religions to write this book?
  • What is mindfulness? Where did it originate?
  • Can the Buddhist influence on mindfulness be separated from the practice?
  • Why do studies show that mindfulness is helpful for stress reduction and anxiety?
  • Why were so many of the studies invalid?
  • Is this movement financially motivated?
  • What are some of the affects of mindfulness? 
  • Why are Eastern meditative practices so attractive to Western cultures?
  • What are some of the differences between Christianity and Buddhism?

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Dec 29, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about the best methods of prayer, aridity, and the examen prayer. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • If there is limited time for silent prayer each day, what is the best way to pray during that time (lectio divina, spiritual reading, rosary, etc.)?
  • What is aridity?
  • How should one pray while experiencing aridity in the spiritual life?
  • Why does Dan use the examen prayer three times a day?
  • Are the morning, afternoon and evening examen prayers similar? 
  • Is the focus of the examen on sin?

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Dec 26, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press, about their new programs to teach the Catholic Faith in schools, parishes and homes across America. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What types of books does Sophia Institute Press publish?
  • What are the criteria that Sophia Institute Press follows when deciding whether or not to publish a book?
  • What are some new resources available to Catholic schools and parishes?
  • What is "Sophia Institute for Teachers"?
  • How is the K- 8 textbook series different than current textbook series used in Catholic Schools?
  • How does the Sophia textbook series help make lesson planning easier for busy teachers?
  • What is the "Family of Faith" parish program?
  • How is the "Family of Faith" program different from CCD programs?
  • What are the benefits of learning about the Faith together as a family?
  • How can the parish community help with family faith formation?

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Dec 22, 2017

What should we be doing spiritually to prepare for Christmas? Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss ways we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and resources.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar?
  • How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient our hearts toward God?
  • How does the Old Testament help us understand Advent?
  • How can we get the longing for Jesus that we want during Advent?
  • Why is Advent considered a penitential season?
  • Daily Mass readings and the Liturgy of the Hours as extra devotionals during Advent.
  • Preparing your heart before Mass.
  • Why is confession so important during Advent?
  • What devotional elements are essential in spiritual preparation for Christmas?

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Dec 19, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with author, Dr. Kevin Vost about 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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Dec 15, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about feelings in prayer, the meaning of contemplative prayer, frustrations in life and having two spiritual directors. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is it bad to meditate without seeing or feeling anything?
  • What is contemplative prayer?
  • How does God communicate with us?
  • Is God really there when we're frustrated with life?
  • Can someone have more than one spiritual director?

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Dec 12, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they unpack the messages behind the parables of Jesus by speaking with Father George Rutler about his book, Hints of Heaven

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is a parable and why did Jesus choose to speak through parables?
  • How many parables are there?
  • Why is the book divided into short reflections on each parable?
  • Fr. Rutler tells of his favorite parables and why they have come to be his favorites.

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Dec 8, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the meaning and purpose of Advent?
  • Why should we fast during Advent?
  • How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas?
  • What are the "three comings" of Christ?
  • How can we counteract the loneliness or sadness that often accompanies the holiday season?
  • How can we avoid the secular influences on Advent and Christmas?

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Dec 5, 2017

Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Connie Rossini about the book she and Dan wrote together titled, The Contemplative Rosary and discuss meditative methods of praying the rosary to keep our focus completely on Jesus. 

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • This book focuses on helping people who have never prayed the rosary, those who have struggled with the rosary, and those who feel the rosary has become dry or repetitive. 
  • Is everyone called to contemplative prayer?
  • Is contemplation something that we can work towards or a gift from God?
  • Why is contemplative prayer necessary for sanctity?
  • What is the definition of contemplation?
  • Are distractions while praying the rosary common?
  • What should we focus on while praying the rosary?
  • Can vocal prayer prepare you for contemplative prayer?
  • How is the contemplative rosary set up?
  • How does the book help us focus on Jesus?
  • What is the "clausular method" of praying the rosary?
  • Must we finish the rosary or should we stop if the Lord calls us to contemplate Him before we have completed our prayers?

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Dec 1, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about spiritual consolations, feelings, expectations in the interior life, and confusion in the Church.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Does Dan give speaking events outside of the United States?
  • Why should we not desire consolations in prayer?
  • What happens if we go to prayer expecting consolations?
  • What role do feelings play in the spiritual life?
  • God has left us guidance in the interior life through the lives of the saints so that we may know what to expect in order to spiritually mature.
  • What should we do if we are becoming troubled by news about the Pope and confusion in the Church?
  • How can we determine if a spiritual director is a good fit?

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Nov 28, 2017

Depression is a serious illness that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson speak with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty about his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, to help us better understand depression and the proper treatments for the illness.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is depression?
  • Can depression be treated through spiritual means alone?
  • What is the impact of religious practices on the healing process?
  • Who can benefit from this book?
  • What are some of the causes of depression and misconceptions about depression?
  • How can we distinguish between a "dark night of the soul" as opposed to depression?

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Nov 24, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about distractions in prayer, seeking perfection in the spiritual life and prayer postures.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we keep our minds from wandering during prayer?
  • Can we attribute any of these distractions to God?
  • Should we separate mental prayer from our petitions?
  • Are distractions sinful?
  • What should we do if we always fall asleep during the rosary?
  • Does God expect perfection from us? If He does not, why do we strive to be perfect?
  • Why are different postures in prayer important?

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Nov 21, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Patrick Madrid about his book, Search and Rescue, where they explore the best approach to bring your loved ones into, or back into the Catholic Church.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we present the truths of the Faith to our loved ones without seeming offensive or judgmental?
  • Who is this book intended for, those trying to bring their family or friends into or back into the Faith, or those who have strayed from or never known the the Faith?
  • What is the best approach to begin a conversation about the Faith with non-Catholic or non-practicing Catholic family members or friends?
  • How important is living out the Faith when trying to lead others to the Church or back to the Church?
  • How should we properly prepare ourselves for discussing the teachings of the Church?
  • What does the spiritual life have to do with evangelizing others?

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Nov 17, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about root sin as well as the difference between spiritual desolation and depression.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the best way to determine our root sin or predominant fault? 
  • Can we have more than one root sin?
  • What is the difference between spiritual desolation or the dark night of the soul, and depression or sadness?
  • Is spiritual desolation the same as aridity?
  • Does the dark night only take place during the transition period between the purgative and illuminative way?
  • Can someone experience desolation during the difficult time when he or she first begins a prayer routine?

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Nov 14, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Maria Scaperlanda about her book, Edith Stein, where they discuss the importance of this 20th century saint and her impact on the Catholic Church.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What was Edith Stein like as a young girl?
  • Did Edith grow up practicing Judaism?
  • Did Edith have any relationship with God as a child, teenager or young adult?
  • How did Edith become interested in the Catholic Church?
  • What did Edith learn as a student of philosophy and more specifically phenomenology?
  • What role did St. Teresa of Avila play in Edith's conversion to Catholicism?
  • What important events took place after Edith Stein entered Carmel and became a Carmelite sister?
  • How were St. Teresa Benedicta's writings preserved during the Nazi invasion?
  • What happened after she moved to the Netherlands?
  • How was she martyred for the Faith?
  • What is St. Teresa Benedicta's legacy here on earth?

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Nov 10, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the problem with the current trend of practicing mindfulness, from both a spiritual and scientific perspective.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Is there a Catholic version of mindfulness?
  • Can you find true peace through mindfulness? 
  • How can there be false peace?
  • Who is Jon Kabat-Zinn?
  • How is the modern understanding of mindfulness deceptive?
  • Is there any truth to Buddhism? 
  • If one claims that the practice of mindfulness is helpful, why should he or she avoid it? 

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Nov 7, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Patrick Madrid about his book, Surprised by Life, where they explore how life issues brought ten individuals to the Catholic Church.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Patrick Madrid tells his story about how he came he became a Catholic apologist. 
  • What was the motivation for this book and the other books in the "Surprised by" series?
  • How does contraception affect marriage and the family?
  • What are some examples of the conversions that took place as described in the book?
  • How does God make Himself known to those who have experienced abortion?

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Nov 3, 2017

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about despair, discernment and distractions in prayer.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How do we discern or recognize if we're under spiritual attack? 
  • How should one discern his or her vocation?
  • How does mental prayer affect our ability to discern properly?
  • How can we properly discern the truth from lies in our thoughts?
  • How can I keep my thoughts from wandering during prayer?

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