Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse’s journey through the dark night of the soul and the intense suffering that it caused her.
Topics/Questions covered in the show:
- Why does St. Thérèse refer to herself as “a grain of sand”?
- The writings of St. Thérèse reflect those of St. John of the Cross: we must study the life of Jesus and imitate Him in everything we do.
- We must detach ourselves from our own reputation.
- St. Thérèse had a devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus and finds consolation not only for herself but for the world in a simple smile descending upon us from His blood-stained face.
- Why does St. Thérèse long for “the homeland” at this stage in her spiritual life?
- What is causing the suffering that St. Thérèse is experiencing?
- Why does God have us pass through such painful purification?
- How can one overcome the dark night of the soul?
Resources for this week’s show:
- Spiritualdirection.com – website
- EWTN Global Catholic Radio
- Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
- EWTN Religious Catalogue – online
- Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux by Dr. Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke
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Every week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching, including prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.
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