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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.

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe

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Solemnity of Christ the King  Presence of God– O Jesus, Prince of Ages, King of Nations, be the sole Ruler of my mind and heart. MEDITATION The liturgy today is truly a triumphant hymn celebrating the Kingship of Christ. From the First Vespers of the Feast, the figure of Jesus is majestically portrayed, seated on a royal throne and dominating the entire world; “His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom,... Read More

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Presentation of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary November 21st Presence of God – O Mary, present my offering and my life to Our Lord. MEDITATION Although Holy Scripture does not tell us anything about the presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, this belief is based upon evidence authorized by a very ancient Christian tradition, and the Church has given it official recognition... Read More

Consolation and Abandonment

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Consolation and Abandonment Presence of God – Into Your hands, O Lord, I abandon myself with all confidence. MEDITATION “There are many who desire to make progress [in the spiritual way] and constantly entreat God to draw them and let them advance to this state of perfection [the state of union], but when it pleases God to begin to bring them through the first trials and mortifications, as is necessary,... Read More

Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming King – Advent Preparation

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I don’t know about you, but I have allowed far too many an Advent season to pass me by with far too little devotion. For decades St. Joseph knocked at my door, offering the opportunity to allow the Messiah to be born anew in my heart. I am sad to say that prior to this past decade of my life as a Catholic, there was far too little room at the Inn of my heart. I am also grateful to say that since... Read More

Pope Francis is Coming to the United States – Confirmed for 2015!

November 17, 2014 by  
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Dear Friends, It is with great joy that I announce the confirmation that our Holy Father Pope Francis will be coming to the United States in 2015. As readers of SpiritualDirection.com you all know the power of prayer. Please join with me in prayer for the protection of the Pope during his visit and that the Holy Spirit will pour out blessings upon the Church in the United States that will lead us to... Read More

A Mystical Encounter with God

November 14, 2014 by  
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Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived... Read More

Are you called to be a Spiritual Director or Spiritual Mentor?

November 13, 2014 by  
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Are you called to help others grow in their spiritual life but don’t feel like you have the necessary formation? Over the past several years I have had the distinct pleasure of observing the spiritual mentorship training provided by the Apostles of the Interior Life and the School of Faith under the leadership of Archbishop Naumann in Kansas City, Kansas. Frankly, although I have been a supporter... Read More

The Night of the Spirit

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The Night of the Spirit Presence of God  – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The difficult and bitter purification called the night of the spirit is necessary to extirpate the roots of imperfect habits. The purification of the soul begins with the night of sense, which, by putting the soul into obscurity... Read More

Apostolic Maturity

November 6, 2014 by  
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Apostolic Maturity Presence of God – Your love, O my God, matures my soul and renders it capable of giving itself fully to the service of souls. MEDITATION We may ask if the apostle can devote himself freely to the apostolate when he has reached the degree of union with God in which the flame of zeal bursts forth spontaneously. The fact is that, at this point, he cannot and should not evade the gift... Read More

Can I Trust Fr. Richard Rohr? Part II–Book Review: Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

November 5, 2014 by  
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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer By Fr. Richard Rohr Some time ago I received an email asking if writings and teachings of Fr. Richard Rohr were trustworthy (e.g. faithful to the teachings of the Church). Because I didn’t have the time to respond myself, I posted an article from a trusted writer that reasonably addressed key issues. The article was written in a journalistic style... Read More