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The Ancient Path to God

April 26, 2011 by  
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The Ancient Path to God

Thus says the LORD: “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” Jeremiah 6:16


“The Book of Jeremiah combines history, biography, and prophecy. It portrays a nation in crisis and introduces the reader to an extraordinary leader upon whom the Lord placed the heavy burden of the prophetic office.  Jeremiah was born about 650 BC of a priestly family from the little village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem.  While still very young he was called to his task.” (From the introductory notes for the Book of Jeremiah of the New American Bible, Catholic Edition)


“In their ‘one to one' encounters with God,the prophets draw light and strength for their mission.  Their prayer is not flight from this unfaithful world, but either attentiveness to The Word of God. At times their prayer is an argument or a complaint, but it is always an intercession that awaits and prepares for the intervention of the Savior God, the Lord of History.” (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph number 2584, which refers the reader to Amos 7:2,5; Isaiah 6:5,8,11; Jeremiah 1:6, 15:15-18, and 20:7-18.


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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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  • “DOM” (not real name)

    Stand at the ‘crossroads’ AND LOOK.

    This little verse sets before me the imagery of standing at a busy intersection where vehicles are coming from “all directions” / to a small child standing at such corner it can be frightening. The child has no
    idea how to “cross over” to “the other side” / Ancient Paths…an
    image of the way that stands up to TIME – thus is proven successful and thus used without concern or anxiety / in the intersection analogy with
    the child…the child can’t fathom how to cross over, but the adult with
    him (who has been here and done it many times) puts his hand to the
    child’s hand and together they cross WITH THE LIGHT. (child rests easy
    in the confidence of his ‘adult’ caregiver.)

    Spiritually LIFE itself is a busy intersection with many many vehicles
    careening in our direction that say “I’m the one” to get you where you
    want to be. (fun, friendships, educational degrees, business striving,
    marriage, single etc etc etc) CONFUSING to a young mind; but
    THE CHURCH reaches out – having been around for 2000 plus years
    and we stroll through LIFE without harm…THE LIGHT our GUIDE.

    Sound good?

  • Guest

    Yes, I agree with that comment totally. With Holy Mother Church holding us by the hand, so long as we follow her advice, we shall keep to the right path and cross the busy, confusing criss-crossing junction and walk safely home to our Father in Heaven.

  • william w

    THE only way is to depart from the apex of the crossroads and walk beside the Christ and not behind him

  • Del

    This is a beautiful scripture verse, and reminder, of our need for God’s presence in our life and the teaching authority of The Church.  Beautiful, thank you.

  • $21584337

    discernment on eastern church over west..
    i am still not home!

  • judeen

    the anceint ways, old testement. the years of God guiding us how to live our lives so they will be happy productive… it is all there.. then with Jesus who is the lamb, makes it all easyer.. faster, and totally Holyer.. it is more than our faith.. it is how to live… if we live the way God taught us. our crops will be bountyful, rain will come, our families blessed and fruitful.. our live stock will fluorish.. we will acheive happiness and peace no matter what happens, we can pray away danger, and have protection from storms.. why would we not want to follow God, and except Jesus.. this is where life is good.

  • RayTowle

    And also Proverbs 4:18-19 . . .
    “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,which shines brighter and brighter until full day.The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;they do not know over what they stumble.”

    Proverbs 4 is interesting. It starts with the Dad (Solomon) passing on some wisdom of the from Grandpa (David) . . . In preparation for Holy Week, I’ll spend some quality time today meditating of when, where, and how my parents and grand parents helped me to see God in all things, and become closer to rest for my soul.

  • littlestflower1

    This is the scripture which brought me back to the catholic church after nearly 30 years away.

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