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Do You have Questions About the Spiritual Life?

September 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Life

for post do you have questions on the spiritual lifeCatholic Spiritual Direction has come a long way from an idea to a substantive reality. The idea was that the people of God are hungry for God and that the best way to satisfy that hunger (after the sacraments of course) is through the unfathomable riches of faithful spiritual guidance of the Church. We didn't know how people would respond. We found out. We went from a few friends reading the blog on a weekly basis to around 20,000 visits every month! Could you imagine if we were a kiosk in a mall? We would be on the news!

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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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  • Penguintrble

    As this year the church is advocating marriage my question is a bit sensitive. I have been married for 22 years to a man who isn’t Catholic, we weren’t married in a Church. He is emotionally abusive and has committed horrible acts, not only is he not apologetic, but refuses any spiritual guidance or lay person counsel. I cannot get a divorce as he finds it amusing to refuse, and has for 5 years, and yet will not pursue help in anyway. I cannot get an annulment to my knowledge without a divorce. I feel and have felt called for two years based on my own spiritual journey to join a Benedictine monastery. They have welcomed me and I have visited but need an annulment. I am at a loss as to my resources as of now. Any advice, I have prayed and will continue especially during Eucharistic Adoration weekly.

    • Dear Friend, I am deeply saddened by your suffering. My only advice is to make an appointment with either your Parish Priest or the Office of Marriage and Family in your diocese. This question is far too sensitive and complex to answer via this medium. I am sorry that I could not be of more help to you. Be assured that you are in my prayers.

  • Dawn Marie Roeder

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