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Interior Castle Questions?

September 23, 2012 by  
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Spiral Transit Interior Castles Featured

Questions on “Interior Castle” Please! Dear Friends – Sister Carmen is looking for questions on St. Teresa’s Interior Castle! Any come to mind? 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... Read More

New book on spiritual direction and the quest for God

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

New book on spiritual direction and the quest for God

DONT KNOW IF THIS IS THE BEST APPROACH - Dear Friends – Dan here… Some of you know that I have been working on a book on spiritual direction for several years. In fact, through your poll responses, combox interaction, and other feedback, you have assisted me a great deal. For that, I am grateful to you. The good news is that the book is about finished. I am in conversation with a few publishers but the fact that the... Read More

Thank you!

July 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

Thank You! Dear friends, I wanted to take a moment and thank God, our volunteers, combox encouragers, donors, and you for the wonderful privilege of being a part of your lives. Out of the approximately 10,400 subscribers and more than 200,000 readers, there are a number of donors and a handful of tireless volunteers who ensure that we have the funds and effort we need to serve you every day. Are we making a difference in your life? We... Read More

Should I pay my spiritual director? A lay spiritual director responds.

Dear Friends, after I posted “Should I pay my spiritual director?” a reader sent me a note that I though would provide some important perspective on this matter. This came in response to negative comments regarding the idea of spiritual directors receiving payments for their services. Here’s her note: I find myself called to be a lay spiritual director, yet my husband and I struggle on one income to make ends... Read More

Tattered Titles – And the winners are…

December 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback, Resources, Spiritual Reading

Tattered Titles – And the winners are…

A while back we asked you, “What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?” You answered with vigor and the responses were so numerous that we thought it might be helpful to summarize what our readers recommended. One of our amazing volunteers compiled every response and then put them into a spreadsheet. I was fascinated, surprised, and delighted to see how the top ten list emerged. The top three were 1) the... Read More

What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Reader Feedback, Resources

What are the most tattered titles on your nightstand?

Tattered Titles! If you were stuck on a desert island alone but somehow could have just a few books dropped into the sand pit next to your tent, which ones would they be? Which books has God most used to turn your heart towards Him? Here’s my list: Scripture/Catechism (yes, I cheated but just a little) Interior Castle - St. Teresa of Avila/All St. Teresa’s Writings Abandonment to Divine Providence – Father Jean-Pierre... Read More

Has Catholic Spiritual Direction helped you?

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Reader Feedback

Has Catholic Spiritual Direction helped you?

Dear Friends, About once a year I send out a note to check in on you. Are we serving you well? Have we helped you or someone you love come to know Christ in any way? Have other readers helped you as you dialogue about the posts? If this is the case, in large or small ways, we would be grateful to hear back from you. In your response at the bottom of this post, please tell us your state in life (teen, college student, mom, dad,... Read More

What about your experience with spiritual direction?

May 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Friends, More than 500 of you have told us that you are in an active spiritual direction relationship right now. Would you mind answering a few questions about your experience?I am about half way through a book project on the topic and want to be sure that it is a valuable service to the Church. Regardless of whether you are in an active relationship now, if you have had experience in spiritual... Read More

I talk to God all day… Is it really necessary to have dedicated prayer time?

January 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer, Reader Feedback

Dear Father Joseph, I pray frequently on a daily basis. I constantly talk to God during my work. However, a friend recently told me that I should also be spending dedicated time on a daily basis for prayer. Is this really necessary if I already pray as I mentioned? Isn’t it enough that I regularly talk to God at work?   Maybe we have to approach this question from a different angle: if you love someone, how much time should... Read More