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Do you have a question about the spiritual life?

June 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

Question: Do you have a question about the spiritual life?




Dear Friends – Because so many of you have asked, I have made it easier to find out how to submit a question to us. You will find the link in the top of the middle column for now. Thank you for you constant interest in seeking to know, love, and serve Him!

Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him



We want to serve you and help you in your journey to the Lord by encouraging you to seek spiritual direction, teaching you how to find a spiritual direction, how to find a spiritual director who is faithful to the Magisterium, and many other questions about spiritual direction.  We welcome your questions about the spiritual direction process.  We also welcome your questions on the spiritual life itself.  We have a particular interest in prayer and the different types of prayer, the right kind of prayer, difficulties in prayer.  As well, we are additionally concerned about the dangers that spiritual warfare, new age, anxiety, scruples, etc, can play in the spiritual life.  This site has a particular interest in Carmelite spirituality and faithfulness to Christ: in the Scriptures and also via the Church and all She believes and teaches.


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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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  • Malyn

    Is it better to have a spiritual director who is not part of your community?

    • It is generally better to have a director that knows you well – one fo your community would likely know you very well…

  • faithful123

    Thank you for patiently enduring all questions.

  • Kath Brownlow

    I would like to know the Church teaching on Reiki Healing

  • Guest

    Thank you for making it possible for us to ask the burning questions which we have from time to time. We shall try to responsible!!!!!!!! God bless you all

  • Stacypeterson40

    My son would like to be a surgeon. However he may have a vocation to the priesthood. Can priests also be physicians?

    • Absolutely! We need people who are dedicated to the physical and spiritual well-being of the poor in particular.

      • faithful123

        wow… a priest can also be a surgeon, medical doctor. I didn’t know that.
        But, wow…imagine the number of years spent in schooling… it’s 5 years to be a priest isn’t it? and to be a medical doctor? six at least? with some part interning? WOW… 11 years of HARD study…

        I suppose anything is possible with God… and what an image of Christ
        as you said…one who heals spiritually and physically (as Christ did)

        Then again, there could be some conflicts of interest, I imagine; particularly in our nation’s current government controlled health system
        where government tells doctors to pull a plug, (could be) or prescribe
        birth control, or NOT do the surgery on that one because…

        WOW though… 2 professions in one.

  • LizEst

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve had questions in the past and wondered how one goes about getting a response. God bless you for this.

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