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Catholic Spiritual Direction

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.

Self-Forgetfulness and Abnegation

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Self-forgetfulness and Abnegation Presence of God – O Lord, You who give Yourself to us even to becoming our food, teach me to give myself to souls even unto total forgetfulness of myself. MEDITATION Another condition necessary for making our activity holy is “generous forgetfulness and abnegation of self” (Pius XII); what is more, without forgetfullness of self, it would be impossible to have... Read More

Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

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Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. Before I reveal the book recommendations I wanted to also let you know that the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation will offer an upcoming course on this topic called... Read More

Apostolic Immolation

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Apostolic Immolation Presence of God– O Jesus, immolated for my salvation, make me worthy to immolate myself with You for the salvation of souls. MEDITATION Apostolic prayer must be accompanied by sacrifice, as we learn from the prayer which Jesus made to His Father in the Garden of Olives and on the Cross. Love should urge those who pray to “active sacrifice which does not allow them to rest calmly... Read More

God’s Collaborators

October 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured

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God’s Collaborators Presence of God – Take me, O Lord, and make me worthy of collaborating with You in the work of extending Your kingdom. MEDITATION St. Paul, speaking of the work of the apostolate, says: “Dei sumus adjutores” (1 Cor 3:9); we are God’s coadjutors, collaborators with Him. The apostolate, therefore, is not merely a personal activity, the more or less praiseworthy result... Read More

Do You Long to Deepen Your Faith and Relationship with God?

October 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke, Featured

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, Recently, I was interviewed by Randy Hain, a prolific writer and frequent presenter on a number of topics including faith, family, Catholic men’s issues, fatherhood, faith/work integration, careers, authenticity, leadership and human capital. He is President of Serviam Partners Consulting/Coaching (www.serviampartners.com) and actively serves on... Read More

Blessed Are the Clean of Heart

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Blessed Are the Clean of Heart Presence of God – O Lord, purify my heart and my mind, that I may learn to know You better. MEDITATION The beatitude: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8), corresponds to the gift of understanding. There is a purity of heart which is the indispensable condition for receiving an abundant inflowing of the gift of understanding; it is the... Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary Presence of God– O most holy Virgin, may the Rosary be my spiritual armor and my school of virtue. MEDITATION Today’s feast is a manifestation of gratitude for the great victories won by the Christian people through the power of Mary’s Rosary; it is also the most beautiful and authoritative testimony of the value of this prayer.... Read More

Blessed are the Meek (A Reflection on Meekness)

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Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, diffuse in my heart an increase of the spirit of piety and meekness. MEDITATION By the gift of fortitude the Holy Spirit strengthens our heart; by the gift of piety He makes it meek and gentle. When we practice the virtue of meekness, we are doing our part—as we should do at all costs—to acquire that meekness of heart which Jesus has so strongly recommended and... Read More

Spiritual Progress

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Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity... Read More

Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

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Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If you feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers. Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal,... Read More