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Resources for an Ever-Deepening Prayer Life – A Holy Summer Reading Program

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Prayer, Resources

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I just finished teaching a course entitled Navigating the Interior Life – Foundations of Prayer and Union with God for the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation. The course has been a joy to teach because I have had the great blessing of watching more than sixty of God’s precious souls grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. These students of the spiritual life included religious, a hermit,... Read More

True Freedom Through Prayer

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“What the world most needs today is prayer,” according to Fr. Jacques Philippe, author and retreat master. His books on prayer and spirituality are printed in 18 languages and have sold over 500,000 copies. “Faithfulness to prayer is a path of freedom,” he writes in his newest book, Thirsting for Prayer.  He explains that prayer is more about spending time with God than asking for things. It deepens our understanding of... Read More

A Mysterious Encounter with Fr. Jacques Philippe

March 2, 2014 by  
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God often provides me with surprise blessings. A recent encounter with His unexpected grace involved one of my favorite authors Fr. Jacques Philippe. The prior year I found out that he was coming to the United States (from France), and knowing the demand that would ensue, I scheduled him early to be a guest on Register Radio. Before the show he provided retreats at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama... Read More

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Book Recommendation

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Peace, Resources

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Current social, economic, and political conditions are shaking the world. Those of us used to living in relative comfort are receiving the blessing of learning that we are not God and that we need God to provide even our most basic necessities. This has always and will always be true. However, when our jobs, our liberties, and our safety are threatened, and even our ability to provide the most basic things for ourselves and those... Read More

Laughing at Lucifer in Lent

February 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Lent, Resources, Seasonal Meditations

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In 1942 C.S. Lewis published one of his most enduring and endearing books. The Screwtape Letters is a collection of imaginative epistles from a senior devil to his junior colleague, outlining how he should handle his “patient.” Lewis wrote the book as a series of essays for The Guardian newspaper and confessed that the pieces were not fun to write. Over the years Lewis’ Luciferian letters have become ever more popular. In... Read More

Call to Prayer: 7 Resources for your Lenten Journey

February 6, 2013 by  
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One of the countless joys of the Church is the recurring open invitation to move deeper into the life of grace. These invitations come in a thousand ways, through the lives of the saints, through the sacraments and especially through our liturgical seasons. As Lent begins to rise on the horizon, we are again faced with another divine beckoning to move into a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church. In the fourteenth chapter... Read More

Top ten reading list for spiritual directors (Updated – 2013)

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Q: Dan, now that you mention technical books on spiritual theology… I’m wondering what would be your top 10 list of books in that area. I’m especially interested in books that would be helpful for a priest that would like to engage more seriously in spiritual direction, or books that you would recommend to a seminarian or for a seminary course in the area of spiritual direction. I would appreciate your input. A:... Read More

Spiritual Gift Pack from Emmaus Press

November 22, 2012 by  
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Emmaus Press has put together a spiritual gift pack especially designed for the readers of Catholic Spiritual Direction. Here are the details: Deeper than the discount you’ll enjoy on this offer is the prayer life which the Lord is calling you to, and to which these authors offer a sure and compelling guide. Included in this special offering: The Fulfillment of All Desire – by Ralph Martin Ralph Martin, drawing upon... Read More

Spiritual Direction Through the Wind and Waves – Book Recommendation

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Though much has been written on the topic of spiritual direction, modern wisdom is hard to come by. I was delighted to stumble upon a more recent treatment of the topic written for spiritual directors. Through Wind and Waves – On Being a Spiritual Guide by Francis Fernández-Carvajal is only the second book to make my list of must-reads for spiritual directors. There is no doubt that Father Fernandez-Carvajal has a deep love... Read More

Can I order more than one signed copy of your new book Navigating the Interior Life?

July 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Navigating, Resources

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Dear Dan, am I allowed to make multiple donations in order to receive more than one signed copy of Navigating the Interior Life? I would like to give a copy to the deacon at my parish and a few other people for Christmas as it will be out just in time for me to do my Christmas shopping! Absolutely! On a related note, I was just speaking with one of the leaders of a US based spiritual direction school and he indicated that they... Read More

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