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Seeking Spiritual Direction – Book Recommendation

seeking-spiritual-direction-dubay1Seeking Spiritual Direction – How to Grow the Divine Life Within
By Father Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within, by Father Thomas Dubay, has been written as a practical guide for Christians who are considering spiritual direction or who are already engaged in the process. Father Dubay is a Marist priest and a well-known retreat master and expert in the spiritual life, who has taught at the seminary and written many books. Father Dubay is an expert on Saint John of the Cross, as well as on Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), both mystical Doctors of the Church.  In this book, Father Thomas Dubay explains what spiritual direction is, the qualities to look for in a good spiritual director, the process of finding a director, ways to develop a deeper prayer life, and how to continue growing when your enthusiasm wears thin.  This is a fantastic resource for those who are seeking spiritual direction and also for those already in spiritual direction.

This book, Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within, by Father Thomas Dubay, can be purchased HERE.


Art for this post on seeking spiritual direction: Seeking Spiritual Direction book cover used with permission. Feature Image: Ein ernstes Gespräch (A Serious Conversation), Ludwig Johann Passini, by 1902, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Dan Burke

    This really is a fantastic book.

  • AncientSoul

    Hi Father … Thanks for providing a much needed topic in today’s world. I have a situation though, I guess. I’m disabled .. live in a rural area and although I receive Holy Communion (by extraordinary ministers) mostly weekly, I’m lucky to have my confession heard 3-4 times a year. For months I turned away from it but finally gave in to making and repairing rosaries and more recently found myself begging to enter more deeply into Christ’s Passion, praying for the world and feeling extreme sorrow and pain for others difficulties as well as the wrongs in the world. I have only 1 brother that I rarely see and isn’t religious at all. Since I’ve begun making rosaries, some odd things have happened as well. For example, a woman that I’d never met saw a flyer about the rosaries and after a couple emails and a phone call, wound up giving me a 1st class relic of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos complete with Vatican documentation. I’m trying to pray more and trust … I feel something is happening here … I know trusting Jesus in all things is the answer and that the Holy Spirit will guide me according to the Father’s Perfect Will … I’m just wondering, if that’s why I found this site being I seem to have no hope locally of finding someone in a rural area??
    Thanks for your time and any advice you might be able to offer!

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