Paste your Google Webmaster Tools verification code here
Sign Up for our Free Daily Email Updates
Catholic Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Progress

Divine Intimacy_K2

Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and pure, reflecting His sanctity as far as possible. In order... Read More

Fortitude and Patience

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured, Fortitude

Divine Intimacy_K2

Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal act of fortitude is not to attack... Read More

Justice

September 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Featured, Justice

Divine Intimacy_K2

Justice Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to love justice and to hate all that is opposed to it. MEDITATION When with clever astuteness, the Pharisees asked Jesus if it were lawful to pay tribute to Caesar, He replied: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God, the things that are God’s” (Mt 22,21). By this simple reply, Jesus gave us clearly and precisely a description of the virtue of justice: to... Read More

Mildness

Divine Intimacy_K2

Presence of God – O Lord, who art mildness itself, teach me meekness of heart and mildness in my dealings with others. MEDITATION Mildness is the flower of charity, a participation in that infinite sweetness with which God guides and governs all things. There is no one who has a greater desire for our good, for our sanctification, than God; yet He never uses harshness, severity, or violence. With a sovereignly gentle power He... Read More

The Life of Love

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Charity, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Love

Divine Intimacy_K2

Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said—and with greater reason—of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which has reached its greatest... Read More

The Obscure Light of Faith

July 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Faith

Divine Intimacy_K2

Presence of God – Teach me to believe, O Lord, even in darkness and obscurity; teach me to believe by relying only on Your word. MEDITATION Through its own efforts, the human mind is able to attain to a knowledge of God the Creator by considering created things; it can know His existence and even some of His perfections, but it cannot attain to the mystery of His intimate life which is beyond the knowledge of creatures, if God... Read More

The Supper at Bethany

Divine Intimacy_K2

✞ Monday of Holy Week Presence of God– O Lord, with Mary of Bethany I wish to pay my humble, devout homage to Your sacred Body before it is disfigured by the Passion. MEDITATION The Gospel for today (Jn 12:1-9) tells us of this impressive scene: “Jesus therefore, six days before the Pasch, came to Bethany … and they made Him a supper there; and Martha served…. Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of right spikenard,... Read More

Blind Obedience

Divine Intimacy_K2

✞ Blind Obedience Presence of God – O Jesus, who out of love for me were willing to submit to Your own creatures, teach me to obey blindly. MEDITATION When we see God in our superior we obey without argument or futile reasoning and with no delay: Christus jubet, sufficit, Christ commands, that is enough. What more do I want, when I know that the orders of my superior are those of God Himself? Even if the thing commanded is... Read More

Sayings of Light and Love #37

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under John of the Cross, Virtue

John of the Cross 3 copy

Reflect that your guardian angel does not always move your desire for an action, but he does always enlighten your reason.  Hence, in order to practice virtue do not wait until you feel like it, for your reason and intellect are sufficient. St. John of the Cross More “Sayings of Light and Love” About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the... Read More

Free Sacrifice of Liberty

Divine Intimacy_K2

✞ Free Sacrifice of Liberty Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom of our immolation. It involves... Read More

Next Page »