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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. If you have an interest in having Dan come speak at your parish or Catholic event or group, contact us at rcspiritualdirection@gmail.com or call 818-646-7729.

Infinite Love

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Presence of God – O my God, my only love, kindle in me the fire of Your charity. MEDITATION Sacred Scripture tells us: “God is charity” (1 Jn 4:16). God is love, eternal, infinite, substantial love. Just as everything in God is beautiful, good, perfect, and holy, so also everything in God is love—His beauty, wisdom, power, providence; even His justice is love. Love is perfect and holy when... Read More

The Divine Essence

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The Divine Essence Presence of God – O my God, purify and enlighten my mind so that I shall be able to contemplate You. MEDITATION To the question: “Who is God?” the catechism answers: “God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, the Creator of heaven and earth.” In the first place it says that God is the Supreme Being; this is His foremost perfection, the one which distinguishes Him radically... Read More

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Presence of God – O Mary, Beauty of Carmel, make me worthy of your protection, clothe me with your scapular, and be the teacher of my interior life. MEDITATION The Blessed Virgin is a Mother who clothes us with grace and takes our supernatural life under her protection, in order to bring it to its full flowering in eternal life. She, the Immaculate, full of grace from the first moment of her conception,... Read More

Why I have the Best Wife in the Known Universe

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Just this week I celebrated the seventh anniversary of my marriage to my incredible wife Stephanie. Not according to our plan, but God’s, we were married on 07/07 of 2007. So, with all these sevens I thought it appropriate to reflect back on a marriage that is as near to perfect as I think is possible. Here are seven reasons I propose my wife as the best wife in the known universe: She always says... Read More

In the Presence of the Trinity

July 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

In the Presence of the Trinity Presence of God – The knowledge of Your mystery, O Most Holy Trinity, creates in me profound humility, blind faith, and ardent love. MEDITATION What Jesus has revealed to us, and what the Church, relying on His word, teaches us about the Trinity, is sufficient to prove the existence of this mystery, but it does not suffice to enable us to understand it. Furthermore,... Read More

The Heart of Jesus Our Model

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Our Model Presence of God – Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach me to model the affections of my heart on Yours. MEDITATION A soul consecrated to the Sacred Heart, a soul given to reparation, must feel the need of modeling its life on that of Jesus. How can we say that we are really consecrated to the Sacred Heart, how can we say that we are His victim of reparation, when we retain... Read More

A Hellish Backup Plan

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Featured, Hell & Purgatory

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Do you have a backup plan to avoid hell? Some believe they do. They believe that some day they will get around to the all-important task of developing their spiritual lives, but that if they don’t, they are willing and ready to endure the backup plan – purgatory.  This sounds plausible on its face, but what if we miss the mark?  Aiming for purgatory and missing can be a hellish mistake. Can... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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Presence of God– O Lord, grant that the [Solemnity] of these Apostles may strengthen my faith and my fidelity to the Church. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Princes of the Church, awakens in our souls a greater love for the Church and for our Holy Father the Pope. The liturgy today gives the place of honor to St. Peter, the head of the Apostles; tomorrow it will speak... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Editor’s Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your mediation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may penetrate the secrets hidden in Your divine Heart. MEDITATION After we have contemplated the Eucharist, a gift crowning all the gifts of the love of Jesus for men, the Church invites us to give direct consideration to the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the source and cause of all His gifts. We may call... Read More