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July 15, 2012 by  
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Thank You!

Thank you!Dear friends, I wanted to take a moment and thank God, our volunteers, combox encouragers, donors, and to thank you for the wonderful privilege of being a part of your lives.

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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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  • Alexandra Campbell

    I have been mightily blessed by this site. I am a divorced (not my desire) mother of 6 (four step daughters and two sons) in Sonora California who is currently working doing psychiatric evaluations at the local ER.
    I have not been able to find a priest to be my spiritual director and this site has been a God send in helping me on the spiritual journey. I especially value the kind and encouraging words from other posters. When I was experiencing a severe bought with spiritual sloth, they gently, but TRUTHFULLY said what needed to be said to steer me back onto the right path! I also loved the webinar Dan led several months back and the new book club is my home! God Bless everyone who works so hard to keep this site up and running and the guest bloggers and the commenters!

  • I’m Bernadette, a homeschool mom of 2 living in the West Palm Beach area in South Florida. I have been truly blessed by this site. I’ve never sought spiritual direction and thanks for you, I’m reading the Dubay books, as well as Imitation of Christ. I feel like I can now move forward in my prayer life and feel my faith increasing as a result. I’ve donated to this apostolate and encourage others to do the same. Thank you! Thank you!

  • kcthomas

    I am from Mumbai India. I am a retired Auditor. I like this site The many titles I read have strengthened my faith and added to my knowledge. I wish the system of spiritual direction is spread among all. But in this materialistic world it is not easy to have a good spiritual director. Let us pray for more selflessness and more humility

    • Becky Ward


  • Anthony Gettig

    My name is Anthony, I’m a work-at-home husband and dad, and I live in Portage, MI USA. Your site has been a tremendous blessing in my daily walk with God. I receive the digest email each morning which helps to keep the rich content of the blog as part of my daily reading. Working at home gives me the wonderful opportunity to pause throughout the day and contemplate, helping me to consciously offer my work to God. Without question, your site has meant a lot to me since I was received into the church at Easter 2011. Thank you for all you do!

  • Angélique

    Je m’appelle Angélique, je suis française (je ne parle pas anglais, je ne peux écrire qu’en français). Je m’apprête à entrer au monastère dans quelques temps. Votre site est un très bon appui pour la vie spirituelle. Chez moi, la formation religieuse est mauvaise la plupart du temps et beaucoup de prêtre préfère participer à des réunions pour savoir comment rendre l’Eglise plus attractive que faire le catéchisme. Grâce à votre site, j’apprends beaucoup de bonnes choses pour ma foi et ma vie spirituelle.

    Merci et que Dieu vous bénisse.

    Translation: Hello, My name is Angelique, I’m French (I do not speak English, I can write in French). I am about to enter the monastery in a while. Your site is very good support for the spiritual life. At home, religious training is mostly poor and many priest prefer to participate in meetings on how to make the Church more attractive than teach catechism. Thanks to your site, I learn a lot of good things for my faith and my spiritual life. Thank you and God bless you. Angelic

    • LizEst

      Merci à vous, Angélique. Je ne parle pas français. Je parle anglais et espagnol. Nous sommes tellement heureux de vous compter parmi nous ici. Que Dieu vous bénisse abondamment que vous entrez dans le monastère. S’il vous plaît nous garder dans la prière. La traduction est par Google.

      (Thank you to you, Angélique. I don’t speak French. I speak English and Spanish. We are so happy to have you here. May God bless you abundantly as you enter the monastery. Please keep us in prayer. Translation is by Google. )

  • Susan

    This is Susan from north Georgia, USA. I’m an artist/ floral designer. I volunteer as Pro-life director and Confirmation teacher. You are a blessing. We can be ourselves and know that loving eyes are reading, to help support us on our path to holiness. ( A phrase that said in the secular world would see raised eyebrows.) . Topics are applicable to our lives without being too simplified or too complex to understand. Love the new book club.Since following your site, I have become more patient and loving with the world instead of just disgusted with it. Thank-you.

  • Kathy

    I am Kathy from FL. I work in college vocations ministry. I am grateful for this site. The information is a wonderful compliment to meeting with a spiritual director and doing spiritual reading in supporting me in my journey with the Lord. It also helps me to be better equipped for my ministry. I am enjoying the book club. I love the format of the site as well as that of the book club. I know that I learn more and more deeply when I get to actively participate. This gives me a platform to do that which I need to take advantage of more often.

  • cjb

    i struggle in faith daily and you are “almost daily” the words and support i need to continue this journey of relationship with God….thank you for talking about all that i can’t find around me….

  • Kathryn

    I am Kathryn from Norwich Ontario. I am a Mom of 4, a supply elementary teacher and a Catholic convert. My priest told me about your site. I love coming here and digging around to learn more, so I can deepen my faith. Right now, I am in a period of great learning, so it is definitely a blessing to have a sound place to explore my faith. (It gives Father a break from my three thousand questions too.) I do not want my faith journey to be an attendance record so I find I must be intentional about my faith. But since I have been exposed to other doctrines I really want to only go to sites that will keep me sound in my faith. I am very thankful you are there doing what you do. You definitely make a difference to me! God Bless and thank you.

    • LizEst

      Beautiful! Thank you Kathryn.

      btw, what is a supply elementary teacher? I’m not familiar with that term.

      • Kathryn

        I teach for teachers who are away…for grades Kindergarden through grade 8, but in the public school system………perhaps where you are they could be called occassional teachers or substitute teachers

        • LizEst

          Ah yes! I know “them” as substitute teachers. It’s challenging. You certainly have your work cut out for you. God bless you, Kathryn.

  • Ramanie

    My name is Ramanie and I live in New Zealand. My birth country is Sri Lanka. At present I am not working as I look after my adorable grand daughter during the week. Being at home I enjoy reading your articles and they are very helpful to me . Spiritual reading is vital when we want to mature in our relationship with Jesus as we travel on our spiritual journey. So a heartfelt thank you and may God be with you every moment of your lives. Thank you.

  • MelissaStacy

    I’m Melissa from Southern California. Married 25 years and two children. I feel so blessed to have “found” this site when I was searching for information on Spiritual Direction (I’m sure the Holy Spirit led me here!!). I am not a lifelong Catholic. I went through the RCIA process about 5 years ago, and I have soooo much to learn. I believe the information is trustworthy here, and I havn’t even cracked the surface of reading all the great articles and blogs! It has become an important part of my weekly spiritual reading, and faith journey overall. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Plus, how cool is it that we can talk to each other and encourage each other and learn together when we are from all over the world!!!

    • MelissaStacy

      Oh, and I work in the office at a non-profit hospice!

  • Robert Dominic Obayuwana

    My names are Robert Dominic Obayuwana and i am a Nigerian living in the northern part of Italy for upwards of almost two years now. Though i make it a habit not to miss my Sunday’s mass and every day mass but a have a problem of language. Presently i can flow in the mass thanks to the language school i frequent with my too grown ups and their assistance too as they grasped quicker than i do in the language thing. Discussing with the sacerdoti, I mean priests was rather difficult but the difficulty is slowing down. My first problem was my attempt to go for confession and i had to struggle to make the priest understand my pertinent heart to no avail. On one occasion i have to go quite some distance to seek a priest who unfortunately understand just a little english to go for confession. This confession problem persist for now. In all these i have had a good company in EWTN and your regular mail and or blog. It has been marvelous in including my faith in the church. I must say that inspite of my language barrier, the priests have been wonderfull afterall and the universality of the church made it easy for me at least the latin missed mass. My nest thing is to book for your books. The site has in most cases serve as a source of spiritual guardianship.

    • LizEst

      Hi Robert Dominic!

      Language can, indeed, be a problem. I was once at a penance service and one of the priests was a native Korean who had great difficulty with English. Practically everyone avoided him. So, I thought I would celebrate the sacrament of penance with him. What a challenge! But, through it all, I kept reminding myself that the priest takes the place of Christ. I just confessed and my sins were forgiven. Blessed be God.

      If you are still having difficulty finding a priest you can confess to, the Church permits you to have an interpreter. That interpreter is also bound not to reveal your sins, just as the priest is bound by the seal of confession. This is in Church law. And, in Church law, Canon 990 states, “No one is prohibited from confessing through an interpreter as long as abuses and scandals are avoided and without prejudice to prescript of can 983, [sec] 2.” Canon 983, Section 2 says, “The interpreter, if there is one, and all others who in any way have knowledge of sins from confession are also obliged to observe secrecy.” Canon 1388, Section 2 gives the penalties for violating this secrecy.

      Keep working on learning the language. And, in the meantime, I hope this helps.

  • Mary@42

    Now, what do I say about myself, Dan????. I am Mary from Nairobi City, the Kenyan Capital where I have lived these 56 years!!!! Now retired, after a Career in the Corporate World as PA to Four Executive Chairmen and CEO’s for 36 years in different major Organizations, I capped my working life with Ten Years with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa as an Senior Executive Administrative Officer running the Office of the Friends of CUEA – a Lay Apostolate of well endowed Catholic Volunteers who raise funds, locally and internationally – for our University. These remain the happiest years of my entire working life.
    God sent me there after my beloved husband of 37 and a half years went “Home” on 22nd January, 1994. Along with this busy working life, my Angelic husband and I raised a Family of one Son and three precious daughters, who are now adults. Sadly we lost our beloved James – after 14 long years of illness, so bravely and humbly borne – on 22nd December, 1996. When my lower back problem cropped up, I was forced to prematurely retire from the University in 2004, after a 5-hours’ major operation. But when the problem re-recurred three year later, I was advised not to dare undergo another operation. So we manage the problem by medication.

    I then asked Jesus…….now, my Jesus, what do You want me to do for You?????!!!!!!…..well, He sent me to join the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy. He also asked me to serve in my Parish, the Holy Family Minor Basilica, as a Member of the Parish Development Committee. He also asked me to serve in the same capacity in my Rural Parish, some 100kms from Nairobi City, where I am also a co-opted Member of the Parish Pastoral Council.
    As Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, we meet weekly every Tuesday for Cenacle Sessions, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Intercessory Prayers and half an hour of Socialization before I depart to my neighbourhood Parish for the Evening Holy Mass. We hold Prayer Days for Divine Mercy Devotees and the Faithful in the Nairobi Archdiocese and beyond, on the First and Third Saturdays of the Month. We also organize Three Retreats in a Year for the Divine Mercy Devotees and invite new Members, and particularly targeting the Youth. Our major Events are the Annual Celebration of the Feast of Divine Mercy and the Feast of Saint Faustina Kowalska which we celebrate on the 5th of October. The Apostles also visit the Divine Mercy Shrine which is about 55 kms east of the City of Nairobi every First Friday of the Month for a Day of Recollection, Praying the Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, Intercessory and Petition Prayers, closing the day with the Holy Mass. We also daily Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet around the Clock with each Member allocated an hour. For those whose state of life allow, we daily visit the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration and Intercessory Prayers at 3.00 O’Clock – The Hour of Great Mercy, and attend the Holy Mass. We also observe the requirement of Weekly Confession.

    Our main activity as the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy is to take the Message of Divine Mercy to the Rural Parishes in the Archdioceses and Dioceses in Kenya and spreading the Devotion to the Divine Mercy through the Media using the Catholic FM Radio Stations.

    God guided me onto this Website and none of you can ever begin to imagine just how much I have benefited Spiritually from the Posts, and your Responses and Comments. This is the Website I value greatly. It is from this Website – when I told my story – where Fr. John advised me to get myself a Spiritual Director. I got a very competent and experienced Spiritual Director. But, Providentially, Jesus had other ideas just then!!!!! He did not send me the Spiritual Director I needed. Rather, He knew soon, He would need a Sanctuary through His Servant who was soon to encounter a crisis with his Congregation. And I offered Him the Sanctuary He needed in my humble Home. I was there for him with the support, advice, encouragement and motherly moral support he needed to help him deal with the trying period of his Sacerdotal Vocation.

    At the moment I am looking for a new Spiritual Director. And as I wait for Jesus to send me one, this Website is invaluable to me. What I love most is how we help one another by sharing our experiences, offering our individual understanding of the Lessons we learn from the Posts and contribute our respective understanding of our Catholic Faith and walk together, hand in hand, towards our Eternal Home. May God bless you all as you toil “in all the heat in God’s Vineyard”.

  • Walter Lumsden

    Good morning, my name is Walter Lumsden, I work for Coca-Cola in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I found this blog because I was listening to my favourite tv show “The Journey Home” from EWTN in MP3 format because my television provider Bell decided to remove EWTN (and later Salt and Light) from it’s services. Dan Burke was the guest, telling us about his conversion story. Dan’s story isn’t remarkable, however, I was moved by his strong commitment to his wife combined with a deep gentleness, whose source clearly comes from God. The advice that has been of great help from the blog is one must have a Spiritual Advisor (I do). The catechism has been great and much needed for me. Thank-you. I am a donor because the Catholic Church is home and this site clarifies that every day.

  • I am Maria Alessandria from Quezon City, Philippines. I am a 22-year old law student. Mid-March in 2011, I came home again when I went on the 8-day Ignatian retreat for Seniors. at Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. The Holy Spirit led me to this website when I was struggling with spiritual warfare.
    I am so grateful for everyone on this site! The articles have deepened my relationship with our Lord. They taught me how to stand firm in the faith and live in a state of grace. Before this site, I went to confession only every few years. Here I learned the value of going every month if possible! They also awakened me to all the wonderful spiritual books out there! I knew nothing about St. Teresa of Avila or St. John of the Cross before.
    I love learning from everyone’s comments, hearing their experiences, trying them myself, and seeing the fruits they have borne in my life! Thank you also for all the encouraging comments! There aren’t many people I feel comfortable talking about these things about. I’ve been so blessed by our camaraderie.
    Even if we can’t meet each other in this life, I look forward to meeting all of you in heaven! 😀

  • AnnieB

    My name is Annie and I am from the UK. I love this site as it encourages me to go deeper into my faith. A lot of my parishioners think I am a bit mad because I love the Lord so much and the catholic church. I cannot discuss spiritual warfare with them or consolations of prayer. They turn up for mass, sit on various committees, do their bit but have no desire to go any deeper.
    Here I can get the help, support and encouragement to go deeper. It has also helped me learn how to evangelise within and outside of the church. The reading recommendations and the webinars have been tremendous and I have learned so much.
    And what can I say about “The Better Part”!
    This really is a blessed ministry and thank you for all you do.

  • Michelle Schermann

    I am Michelle from Winsted,MN. I am a cook at one of our Area Faith Community Catholic Elementary schools. I am a divorced mom of 2 teenagers.This site is so wonderful for me. I have recently started Spiritual Direction with a priest who was recently transferred to a different parish. A lot of my questions have been answered well. It has given me a good place to start with questions of my own for the next time I meet with him, God willing !!! Thank you so much.

  • Jeanette

    I am Jeanette from Stouffville, Ontario. I am married and have two children and two grandchildren and am now retired. I have had a spiritual director for just over a year now who has been sick on and off during this time so I feel I cannot impose on him too much. Consequently, I do enjoy this site tremendously as it provides me with much needed spiritual advice. I am enjoying the Book Club very much as well and all the comments from other members and learn a lot from them too. I pray that this site will continue and all those involved will be blessed abundantly because you are blessing so many by your efforts to guide us along the spiritual path. I am throwing this thought out there to all the readers….know that God wants your santification. We are all meant to become saints. Ask boldly of the Holy Spirit to bless you with the graces needed to be a saint of God. Be docile (like Mary) to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit in your lives and obey them immediately and He will bring you along the road of sanctification. Thank you RCSD for being encouragers and bringing us of like minds together!

    • Becky Ward

      I really like this Jeanette: ” I am throwing this thought out there to all the readers….know that God wants your santification. We are all meant to become saints. Ask boldly of the Holy Spirit to bless you with the graces needed to be a saint of God.”

  • Cecilia

    Dear Dan, I am Cecilia from Southern California, married for 40 years w/5 wonderful children and 8 sweet grandchildren. I direct an ECE Sunday program and an intercessory prayer group. Have had spiritual directors over the years until they were transferred. I rather “stumbled” on to your site a few months ago and as a former art teacher I was drawn to the “feel” or tone of the set-up….if that makes any sense. Then as I read your comments on contemplative prayer I knew this was a site I would return to. Its fascinating and enriching to learn from so many others in their struggles and accomplishments in their spiritual life from around the world . Since finding you, I have recommended that others check out your writings. Finally, you give me much hope in the future of our Church, thank you.

  • Jadie Matthew

    Dan, my name is Jadie and I live in the Texas Panhandle. I have been a Catholic for about a year after many years as a Protestant. During this past year I have come to know a spiritual growth and a level of peace that I had never realized could be possible. God has changed me, and I praise and bless Him for those changes.

    Your website has helped me in two ways. First, I found the book The Better Part here, and it has become an integral factor in my daily prayer life. It introduced me to the process of lectio divina, which has helped me immensely in growing closer to God. Rather than a somewhat empty recitation of requests and ritual praises, I have become able to really parse the scriptures and devotional pages and apply them to my life, to hear God telling me how these apply to me and that I am not alone. It has been enlightening and exhilarating. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a deeper relationship with God. He seems to speak to me right off the pages, and seldom does a day go by when I don’t find some passage that addresses a particular need I feel in my life.

    Secondly, I have been able to read accounts of many sincere Christians who struggle with their daily walk of faith just as I do. It is easy to assume that one just might be the weakest or most vacillating person imaginable, but I find that my brothers and sisters have ups and downs that are very similar. It is also encouraging to see that these people, just like me, are determined to persevere and receive their crown. Sometimes one feels quite alone. This website helps me realize that we are all much the same, some at the foot of the mountain and some near the top, but that there are many other making the ascent, all striving for the same goal

    Thank you for this website. I read it every day.

  • Ben

    My names Ben i live in the outer south eastern suburbs of Melbourne Australia, I run a small immersion heater manufacturing business. I have a history or paranoid schizophrenia, over the last 4 years iv stayed on my medication, quit smoking, quit drugs, quit drinking, and have made the gospel and catholic teaching the foundation of my life. Catholic Spiritual Direction has played a part in arming me with the knowledge needed to overcome my spiritual enemies, and see things the way they really are. For one example the book The Spiritual Combat is just what i needed to help me break free of the enemies that had been holding me down and preventing me from engageing life and persevereing in my endeavours. Im not wasteing time like i used to, my lifes built alot more momentum now and im happyer. Theres also other things in this site that have helped me. another recent example that comes to mind is the small post about aridity. For some reason before and after communion i had thaught i was kind of obligated to pray some really poetic and heartfelt prayers, but was often struggling to find the words in my mind and the prayer was kind of forced and dry, after reading on CSD that aridity can be an act of God to lead us to contemplation, I thaught this time i wont try to force words, but Just contemplate what a gift and blessing it is and the love of God to call us to take part in this geat and sacred gift of communion with himself. That came easyly and it was quite a joyful and heartfelt experience.

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