Real Relief Comes from Loving God, Says Teresa of Avila

05/14/2015 Comments (5)

"God grant you may always find relief in loving Him."

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 comes from Day 7.

LIV
Salamanca, December 3, 1573
To the Father Master Domingo Bañez, Valladolid
The Saint’s loneliness. Advice for Mother...READ MORE

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Life-Changing Summer Reading Program

05/13/2015 Comments (1)

The official start of summer is just a month away — are you ready?

I teach a course called “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God” for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. In this course I have had the great blessing of watching hundreds of God's good people grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. During the course a number of the students asked if I could provide a list of spiritual reading that might help them continue in their progress. The graphic and list you see below is what I prepared for them.

I have given an order of priority to the list in terms of what might be most meaningful at each stage of the three-fold path of spiritual growth (purgative,...READ MORE

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Teresa of Avila on Having a Holy Community

05/12/2015 Comments (1)

"Make your community holy and God will help."

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 6 in the book.

XLVIII
Convent of the Incarnation, Avila1
To Father Ordoñez, S.J., Medina Del Campo Concerning the foundation at Medina...READ MORE

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Teresa of Avila Reminds Us: "Our Trials Last But a Moment"

05/07/2015 Comment

"Life is short, our trials last for but a moment..."

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? 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 selection is from Day 3 in the book.

XIX

Toledo, March 1569
To Doña Maria de  Mendoza
Letter...READ MORE

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How to Approach Spiritual Warfare, According to Teresa of Avila

05/05/2015 Comments (5)

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? 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 letter is from Day 2 of the book.

XVII

Valladolid, February 19, 1569
To Alonzo Ramirez
Cause of the delay in the journey to Toledo.
Encouragement...READ MORE

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Detachment and St. Teresa of Avila

04/28/2015 Comments (3)

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? The purpose of the newest 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.

Day 1

XV

Valladolid, December 28, 1568 
To Doña Inès Nieto, at Madrid
On the admission of a postulant into the recently founded convent at Valladolid.

JESUS!...READ MORE

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Equipping Catholics for the New Evangelization: ChristLife

12/17/2014 Comments (5)

There’s a lot of talk about the New Evangelization, but for ordinary Catholics, it can seem underwhelming. Just what does it mean? And how do you pull it off in the midst of your already busy life?

Parishes, too, can find the call to evangelization challenging. Talk to almost any parish secretary about turnout and volunteer rates: how do you get people excited about yet another parish program? And then how do you staff the thing?

That’s where ChristLife comes in. My own parish is actually in the beginning phases of rolling it out. It’s a process that requires an investment of people. It’s not a “once and done program,” but rather a change in mindset.

ChristLife’s vision is “to equip...READ MORE

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Miles Christi: Men on a Mission

11/14/2014 Comments (2)

This Sunday, EWTN is airing “Miles Christi: Soldiers of Christ in America,” which has been four years in the making by StoryTel Foundation. It’s a one-hour documentary covering the Miles Christi order of priests and brothers. The film includes interviews with Cardinal Burke about Fr. John Hardon’s involvement and in-depth coverage of the formation these priests receive.

This is a rare inside look at an order many of us might not have heard of. They’re not a large order, and they’re relatively new, founded in 1994.

Miles Christi priests and brothers came to the United States with a couple of priests and $4000 and are now traveling all over the country, leading retreats and trying to revive...READ MORE

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About Dan Burke

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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.