Focus on the What and How: Let God Take Care of the Rest

06/11/2015 Comments (2)

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. This letter is from Day 23.

CXXX
Toledo, November 2, 1576
To Mother Mary Baptist, Prioress Of Valladolid Health of the prioress. Matters of the Order and the convent of Valladolid.
JESUS!
May the grace of the...READ MORE

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Prayer that Pleases God: Advice from Teresa of Avila

06/09/2015 Comments (1)

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. This is from Day 21.

CXXVI
Toledo, October 1576
To Father Gracian, Seville
Father Gracian and the Calced friars.
Paul and Joseph. Counsels on prayer.
JESUS!
May the grace of the Holy Ghost be with your Paternity,...READ MORE

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Don't Let Challenges Keep You From Prayer!

06/04/2015 Comments (2)

...even in the face of such challenges, it is possible to live a prayerful life.

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today we'll be reading Day 20.

CXLIII
Toledo, November 26, 1576
To Don Luis de Cepeda, At Torrijos Acknowledgment of money...READ MORE

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The Way to Convert Hearts

06/02/2015 Comments (3)

"The slower more patient way of love ... allows God to bring about the conversion of hearts." 

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today I'm sharing Day 19.

From the Appendix of Volume I of
The Letters of Saint Teresa
St. Teresa’s address to the...READ MORE

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Deep Joy, Difficult Suffering: Teresa of Avila on Why We Need Both

05/28/2015 Comments (6)

"However, the joys of this life are always accompanied by troubles, lest we should go crazy with joy."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today, I'm sharing from Day 17.

LXXXI
Seville, August 12, 1575
To Doña Juana de Ahumada, Alba de Tormes...READ MORE

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Wisdom from Teresa of Avila: The Blessings of Suffering

05/26/2015 Comment

"I realize better every day what grace our Lord has shown me in enabling me to understand the blessings of suffering so that I can peacefully endure the want of happiness in earthly things since they pass so quickly."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on...READ MORE

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Peace of Body, Peace of Mind from Teresa of Avila

05/21/2015 Comments (1)

"Peace of body will restore peace of soul." - St. Teresa of Avila

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today I'm sharing Day 10 from the book.

LXIII
Segovia, June, 1574
To the Most Illustrious
Señor Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca...READ MORE

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The Secret to Successful Meditation from Teresa of Avila

05/19/2015 Comment

"Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation." - St. Teresa of Avila

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's excerpt is from Day 8 in the book.

LX
Segovia, beginning of June 1574
To Antonio Gaytan, Salamanca
Advice about...READ MORE

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Dan Burke is an award-winning author, writer, and speaker on Catholic spirituality, sharing a contagious love for Jesus and His Church. Dan serves as the Executive Director and writer for EWTN'S National Catholic Register and is a regular co-host on Register Radio in addition to his appearances on many other EWTN television and radio programs. Dan is the founder and president of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and he is the creator of Divine Intimacy Radio and SpiritualDirection.com. Above all, Dan is a grateful husband and father of four and a student sitting at the feet of His Master.