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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Adoration, Silence and the Lamp of Fire (Part I of II)

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Adoration, Anthony Lilles, Prayer

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“Hunger for silence is the sign of spiritual maturity.” This saying is attributed to Blessed John Paul the Great and reminds me of the program he proposed to the Church after the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. He called the Church to gaze on the face of Christ. Learning to gaze on the face of Christ takes us into a mystery of great silence – not just the absence of noise, but a peaceful silence of heart that... Read More

Fr. Barron on Eucharistic Adoration

February 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Featured, Prayer, Videos

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On Eucharistic Adoration Fr. Barron provides a very effective defense of Eucharistic Adoration in response to Notre Dame’s dissident priest Fr. Richard McBrien’s critique of the practice. Well worth watching and passing along. 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... Read More

A miracle in adoration

January 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Eucharist, Featured

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A number of years ago I had an amazing experience in adoration. I had suffered for years with chronic and often debilitating pain. The pain caused me to isolate myself because after fighting the pain, I had so little energy to interact with or serve others. After a period of reflection and prayer I decided that I would try to fight through the pain to serve others anyway. I had no idea how I could accomplish this ideal, but I... Read More

What is the point of Eucharistic adoration?

January 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Prayer, Videos

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Why Eucharistic Adoration? Father John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about the importance of Eucharistic adoration. 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” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father... Read More

How can I better praise God?

March 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Praise, Prayer

Dear Dan, Can you give any help on how to learn to praise God? I enjoy going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and would really like to learn how to praise Him. I don’t feel my words are adequately expressing the praise I really would like to give. Thanksgiving is easier, but I would be grateful for some advice on the praise side. Dear Friend, thank you for asking. This is a very touching question… a beautiful... Read More

Too much talking during Adoration… What is the purpose of a litany anyway? – Part I of II

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Adoration, Fr. Bartunek, Litanies, Prayer, Silence

Dear Father John, I went to Adoration this morning with my prayer group.  There weren’t too many of us, but I always have a feeling that there is too much talking during our Adoration, and I just don’t get the “purpose” of a “litany” (which we pray together during Adoration).  Each time I hear a litany, repeating the same sentence 2 or 3 times gives me feeling of being brain washed.  I don’t see any love coming... Read More