How Do You Prepare to Pray?

06/25/2015 Comment

Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into your hands. St. Peter directed St. Teresa of Avila on difficult questions she had about prayer and she turned to this work for guidance.

I’ll be sharing excerpts from the book here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them and growing closer to God as a result. The section I'm sharing today comes from the first chapter of the book, "Perspective on Meditation and Devotion."

Of the Preparation Necessary to Prayer

It will not be beside our purpose to handle all these parts severally; we will, therefore, first begin with preparation, which we did put...READ MORE

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6 Things You Need for Prayer

06/23/2015 Comment

Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into your hands. St. Peter directed St. Teresa of Avila on difficult questions she had about prayer and she turned to this work for guidance.

I’ll be sharing excerpts from the book here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them and growing closer to God as a result. Today's excerpt comes from the first chapter of the book, "Perspective on Meditation and Devotion."

Of Six Things Necessary to Prayer

These are the exercises and meditations, Christian reader, wherewith every day you may feed your soul, which if you do rightly use, you will never want matter...READ MORE

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My Spiritual Director Uses the Enneagram. What's Wrong with That?

06/19/2015 Comments (32)

Can you trust a spiritual director who uses an enneagram? Here's my answer to a reader's question.

Dear Dan,

I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is a local Benedictine sister who is very nice and seems to be sincere. However, in our second session she asked if I would be interested in using an ancient tool of spiritual wisdom known as the enneagram to help me in my spiritual progress. I recall reading about this tool in a Vatican document called “Jesus Christ - Bearer of the Water of Life.” That document says that the use of the enneagram “introduces an ambiguity in the doctrine and the life of the...READ MORE

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Bring on the Temptations!

06/18/2015 Comments (3)

"No one is tempted more than he is able to bear."

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 Day 29 from the book.

CCLXVII
1579?
To a Carmelite Nun
How to bear persecution.

. . . In order to profit and advance by means of persecutions and...READ MORE

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Go Ahead, Sleep! God Will Bless You, Says St. Teresa of Avila

06/16/2015 Comments (1)

The Father pours out His blessings whether we are asleep or awake as long as we are faithful to the responsibilities entrusted to us.

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 comes from Day 25.

CXLVI
Toledo, about November 1576
To...READ MORE

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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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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 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.