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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Blog around the world update for 2011 – God is at work…

December 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

“He has put into my heart a marvelous love for the faithful ones who dwell in this land.” (Psalm 16) Every time I pray the Liturgy of the Hours and this psalm meets me again, my heart is inflamed as I am reminded of my love for you. The motivation behind this effort is love for the Blessed Trinity and love for you. What else would drive us to spend the hours that we do without pay? This work is truly a labor of love and the rewards are eternal and mostly unseen. However, we are regularly encouraged by what we can see and what we do hear from you.

2011 has been an amazing year. The sheer growth of the number of subscribers to the site has been astounding. The need for this project is clear – souls are hungry for real spiritual sustenance – they are using the internet as a primary means to find it – and by God’s grace, we are able to help. Here’s a look at the growth subscribers in this past year. The light blue reflects the number of subscribers we begin with each month. The dark blue is the number of new subscribers each month. So far this year we have added over 5,000 subscribers!

Here’s another amazing picture of the impact of this site. This global map shows visitors to this site since October 15th of this year. This only reflects a little more than a month’s worth of visitors. Is this not an astounding picture? Some of the red dots represent thousands of visits from one area!

Blog around the world

This has happened because of you. You have prayed for us, you have encouraged us, you have told others about us, and you have supported us financially. To serve you we have produced a regular flow of quality content that includes exceptional books like The Better Part (in print, on Kindle, and iPhone!) and Encounter with Mercy, and personal spiritual guidance. If you have supported us in any way, we want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

As we close out this year I would like to ask for your continued support in this important mission. If you are giving what you can, please continue. If you can increase your giving, please do. If you have given once, please consider a monthly recurring gift of $5.00, $10.00, or $25 (or more if you are able). Whatever you can do to help us keep the momentum going, we are grateful. If we only had 1% of our subscribers giving $10.00 per month, we would be able to cover all of our costs and hire a full time staff member to improve our services to you. Here’s a little more about our efforts:

What does your support provide for?

  • Basic costs behind keeping the site live and emails delivered to you.
  • Computing systems and internet services for the site.
  • Costs of producing faithful Catholic content.

What are our plans?

  • Our end goal is to keep the good we have going and build on it by providing a constant stream of online live and local teaching and formation in the life of God. What this means is that we will need full time help to develop curriculum and provide the classes. We want to provide classes on all aspects of prayer and the spiritual life and eventually provide on-line courses for those called to spiritual direction.

What can I do?

  • Give Monthly: Even if you can only afford $5.00 per month, these gifts help us a great deal to manage monthly costs. Click here to begin your monthly gift or increase your current monthly gift.
  • Give An Annual Gift: Some of you have the ability to give to charity on an annual basis. Please consider us as the year winds down (we are a 501 c3 so your charity is tax deductible). If you give a gift of $25 to $100 it will go to off-set monthly costs. If you give $1,000 to $5,000 it will go toward providing online courses or other projects you may feel God’s call to encourage. If you would like to speak with me personally about a larger gift and more detailed plans for growth, contact me at and provide your phone number. Click here to give an annual gift of any amount.

The souls of God’s people are being nourished by this humble work. We could do far more if you give more. If you can’t give, pray for us (and don’t feel guilty about it) and serve people by encouraging them in the comboxes (as many of you do). If you can, give as much as you can. Regardless, enjoy! God’s will be done.

He is real, present, and good – may He always be so to you and those you love.

Blessed Advent to you and yours,





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About Dan Burke

Dan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN’s Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Becky Ward

    **** Awww…………We Love You Too!! ****

    The map IS an amazing sight! God is good.

  • Avila Power

    Dear Dan , I will try and set up a small donation in the new year. I really would like to at least give something towards the costs. What a fine way this is to spreading the love of Christ around the world and helping everyone to know Christ and love Him. Thanks once again. I live in Australia but I am sure I will be able to find some way to send the donation. God bless you and Fr John.

  • Kathe

    The map is an amazing and encouraging sight. The prayer power from all those people is pure joy! God bless you mightily, kathe

  • catholic4truth

     I am so appreciative of your website. Please keep bringing us all the teachings of our faith, be obedient to the Magisterium, and guide our souls on this journey. God bless each of you.


  • anonymous

    Dear Father John & Dan,
    I’m impressed with the extreme response to this site!  Would performing small scale outcome studies be in order, comparing effectiveness of various tools on spiritual growth?  Sacraments are non-negotiable, but everything else is fair game for manipulation, isn’t it? (EBS:evidenced based spirituality) Thank you and God Bless You for all you’re doing!

    • Dan Burke

      Dear Friend – Well, any studies would be interesting to us from a practical standpoint. One fundamental and problematic challenge that is common in spirituality discussions is “it helps me therefore it is good.” EBS could lead you down that path pretty quickly. However, just like choosing the right tool to repair your car, the right self-evaluation and spiritual development tools must be used at the right time. As well, some respond to particular approaches, others don’t. The key would be to as St. Paul says, “test all things and hold fast to that which is true.” “Testing” is not a matter of effectiveness but has an unalterable connection to what is “true” and that is defined by the magisterium. The enemy is capable of producing “good” effects in the short term… anyway, can you tell this is a hot button for me? Thanks for joining in the dialogue!