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Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 5 of 5

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The long awaited 5th part of “Women of Grace” series Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You with Dan Burke and Johnnette Benkovic is now available. In the final part of the series, Dan delves into how a person’s spiritual progress relates to whether you run from your suffering or embrace it, what Spiritual Direction is and the relationship between a Spiritual Director... Read More

Spiritual Mentorship Program Announcement

February 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Announcement, Training and Education

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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? This post is for you. This past month I had the distinct pleasure of once again 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... Read More

I Can’t Find a Spiritual Director Loyal to the Magisterium

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I Can’t Find a Spiritual Director Loyal to the Magiesterium Dear Fr. John, I have read Dan’s book, Navigating the Interior Life, and have diligently followed all of his suggestions for how to find a spiritual director. Frankly, I am frustrated to tears writing this to you. I have not found a director who actually believes the teachings of the Church. In fact, I have met with several priests... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #7

January 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross

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The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master (a spiritual director) is like a burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter. St. John of the Cross About Dan BurkeDan 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”... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #5

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Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide (spiritual director) will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor (caregiver and protector). No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. Saint John of the Cross Note: The notes in the brackets above are translation helps for the reader. St. John wrote these sayings... Read More

Peace On Earth Requires Peace On Our Hearts

December 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Spiritual Direction

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Why is it that the smallest inconvenience can set some people off while others maintain calm in the face of great adversity?  What is the difference between those who know peace on earth, and those who don’t? The difference is in how they approach life and what they bring to it. These people possess a seemingly unshakable peace, stronger than life’s inevitable stresses. Here is a list of things... Read More

Should I be looking for another spiritual director?

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Dear Father John, I was wondering if you could give me a bit of perspective. I recently asked a director to help me in my discernment of religious life.  After he agreed I wrote out a summary of the context for my perceived call along with a list of my vices/faults, graces/strengths, etc. The arrangement was that after reading the letter, we would talk, with the idea that I would write emails... Read More

Where can I find a spiritual director?

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Dear Father John, I remember reading long ago St. Vincent Ferrer’s “Treatise on the Spiritual Life”, which near the end says that those who cannot find a director will, if sincere, be guided by God/the Holy Spirit himself. He does Not say how God will do this (audibly, by supernatural phenomena, by circumstances one lives in or encounters, by books, or some other ways)? I would very... Read More

It is impossible to find spiritual direction and I have found I can make it on my own…

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

It is impossible to find spiritual direction and I have found I can make it on my own…

I was confirmed four years ago. I had a very powerful conversion and the first thing I tried to do was find a priest for a spiritual director. No luck. I did discover that not all priests are trained in spiritual direction. Every seminarian needs a director also and they would come first. The ratio of priests to parishioners makes it impossible to get personal direction unless you are discerning a... Read More

How can I become a spiritual director?

Dear Dan, how does one become a spiritual director? Are there any courses or programs or certifications required? I really believe I am supposed to help people in their faith but how can I make sure that I am really called to do something like this? When thinking about spiritual direction my mind is drawn to the incredible responsibility it is to have another soul placed in my care. No one in their... Read More

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