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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Thank You for 2012

January 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Featured, General

Dear Friends: As usual, I am finding myself unable to reach out and personally thank as many of you as I would like to and I am feeling more and more ungrateful as every day passes in to the New Year. So, though in a far less inadequate fashion than I would prefer, this is my Burke-1777_SmallFile“Thank You for 2012″. Many of you pray, volunteer, tell others about us, and financially support this work. For this we are truly grateful. Here’s a little of what you have helped us accomplish in this past year.

This has been an amazing year at the Catholic Spiritual Direction apostolate. Catholics have spent more than 33,000 hours (yes, that is thirty-three thousand hours) reading content on our web site. We have sent free spiritual resources around the world to those who have taken a vow of poverty or to the faithful poor. We have provided retreats and talks all across the United States on a monthly basis (all without charging speaking fees). We have created formational videos to reach out to our YouTube friends with faithful Catholic spirituality (which can be hard to find on the web). We have provided a number of on-line live courses on the spiritual life with approximately 800 registrants from all around the world. We have provided counsel for priests, religious, and lay faithful seeking to overcome challenges in their spiritual formation or in their service to others. We have published another book, Navigating the Interior Life, that is already in its second printing within two months of release.

These things are, in many ways, are just the tip of the iceberg. I am truly astounded at the ways that God is using this work to deepen the faith of His people and to strengthen His Church. If you would like to read a few testimonies, this post is full of them. Here’s a brief video from Fr. John and Dan that provides more background.

The other amazing reality is how expensive all this work is. Would you believe that we have spent over $55,000 this year serving people around the world? Where do all the funds come from? The answer is YOU. Many of our faithful readers give sacrificially, in time, talent, and treasure, to make all of this work. In fact, here’s a note that came this Christmas with a donation:

“Dear Dan, May you find new meaning and hope in the joy of the Christ Child’s birth and in His everlasting presence in our world. We decided not to give each other gifts for Christmas but instead to contribute to your ministry.”  Charlie and Darleen

As you might suspect, this note moved me to the core in ways that cannot be expressed.

God is using you to accomplish all of this. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Please let me simply say, with all my heart, Thank You!  May God continue to bless you and yours.

PS: For those of you who live in the Washington D.C. area, I will be at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at a book signing for Navigating the Interior Life outside the bookstore. I always enjoy meeting our readers/viewers so please stop by my table. I will be there all day next week on Thursday the 24th.

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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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  • LizEst

    What wonderful news to learn that your new book is already in its second printing.  Yes, God is very good.  Thank you and God bless you, Dan and Father John, for all your doing for others in this apostolate.

    • Dan Burke

      Thanks Liz!

  • BeckitaMaria

    It is a treasured gift to have found a home here in the last year, for this is truly a place where Phillipians 4:8 is afire in my heart: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

    Your joy is my joy, Dan.  Thank you.  Thanks be to God for you.  

    • Dan Burke

      Thank you Beckita – we really do have a special group of people involved with this effort – you being one of them!

      • BeckitaMaria

        Thanks, Dan.  Thanks especially for reminding me of the beauty present in this part of the Mystical Body, both in leadership and in the collective contributions of so many.

        I am ever amazed at the ways the richness of our faith is revealed through the sharing of lives and thoughts via the comments.  I’m fond of the video presentations with you and Fr. John and I apologize for my oversight in not acknowledging your vital presence and contributions, Fr. John.

    • Becky Ward

      AMEN!!  This is beautiful!!

  • Gladys H. Mariani

    May God grant you, Dan, and Father John, ever increasing faith and energy to carry out His work for the benefit of souls! Thank-you!

    • Dan Burke

      Please keep us in your prayers!


    I start my day with reading your site. Thank you. It gives me reference and guidance throughout my day.

    • Dan Burke


  • Neil MacDonald

    Dan, I bought your Navigating the Interior Life and liked it so well I bought three more to give as Christmas gifts and then ordered and received The Better Part which I have not had a chance to read yet. Keep them coming. Your ministry is a gift from God and we pray that it continues.

    • Dan Burke

      Thank you Neil – if you are so inclined I would be grateful if you would consider adding to the reviews of the book on Amazon.

      • Neil MacDonald

        That will be my pleasure Dan. It’s the least I can do.

  • irishlass

    Dan, I so enjoyed Navigating the Interior Life so much so I intend to get a copy for my own spiritual director.  I enjoy receiving rcspiritualdirection in my email box every morning and have a Blessed New Year

    • Dan Burke

      Thank you for your kind words. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts on an Amazon review!

  • LeonieM

    Your site is a blessing in my life, helping me to grow spiritually.  I pray all of you at rc spiritual direction may receive many blessings as you continue this spiritual journey in 2013.

  • Mary@42

    Well, Dan. You sure know just how much your Website, your Posts and Father John’s have enriched this old Grandma living all the way in Nairobi, Kenya.  Of the many Catholic Websites I am subscribed to, this is what I call “My Home”. May God continue to use you to reach His children and bring them unto Himself.  You are already His very, very Powerful Instruments I can tell you and the explosive growth of our “Family” is a sure Testimony of this. May you be blessed even more abundantly in this, Year 2013

  • Jeanette

    I have been greatly enriched every day by your website. Thank you Dan and all the contributors. So many of the member comments have been truly helpful in my life as well. I enjoy the Book Club and look forward to the spiritual nourishment I receive in reading the books as well as the varied comments made by those in the Book Club. I see my spiritual director sporadically, because of illness on his part, so your website continues to feed me what I need just when I need it. Thank you for all of your efforts in serving us and thus serving God.