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Car Accident and Attack

November 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Challenges, Dan Burke, Donate

Dear Friends,

For those who are not subscribers to this site, I sent out a notice this morning that my wife and son were in an accident last night and I asked for prayers. Here’s the note I sent out to our subscribers. Thank you for your prayers. I will provide an update soon. Please forward this along through Facebook and other means to those who you know will pray and assist.

Rembrandt_Christ_in_the_Storm_on_the_Lake_of_Galilee Wikimedia Commons for post on car accident and attackLast night my wife and son were in a car accident. They were hit by a young woman who was in the midst of a domestic situation and already suffering a great deal. The good news is that all are physically ok. This is not something I would normally share with you but it marks the near end of a week that has been extraordinarily challenging.

A consecrated woman who has committed her life to prayer for me and others told me she experienced a significant spiritual battle on Tuesday night. She said that the Lord drew her constantly to pray for me all night. It was the next day that we discovered that the site had been hacked and malicious code with advertisements had been inserted in most of the posts (this was just a diversionary tactic to hide the worst of the attack).

Yesterday we discovered that many of our posts had been deleted. Last night we then found out that the backup we had setup for the site has not been working since June.

To top it all off, we have also had challenges with the Avila Institute software that impacted every student in our first Introduction to Spiritual Theology Class (which is going very well in spite of these hurdles) and this placed a temporary but heavy burden on our faculty and staff. Beyond that, there have also been personal attacks this week on me and on our school administrator.

The good news is that all involved have a sense of peace and calm in the midst of this storm. As I write this note to you I am particularly aware of the supernatural nature of the peace I have at this moment. Even so, there is urgent action required to remedy these situations. Yes, I have peace, but I am tired and simply must trust the Lord to be able to find the time and resources necessary to win this fight.

So, I write this to ask you, my friends, for two things:

  • First, I would be grateful if you would please take a few minutes to pray for all involved today. So many of you write to express how your engagement with the RCSD family and the content of the site have been life-changing for you. Even more so, the students of the Avila Institute are constantly noting the extraordinary nature of their experience as their hearts are set aflame by the work of God through their studies and interaction with our unique approach to spiritual theology.
  • Second, in order to protect ourselves from these situations in the future we will be required to increase our investment in technology infrastructure and security. As you might suspect, this is not in our current budget and thus we have a serious need for your help. Normally we don't ask folks who are already giving to give more but I have no choice in this situation. I would also ask all those of you who don't already give to consider helping us out on a monthly basis. If just a few of you increase your giving by $5.00 a month and a few of you begin giving that amount or more, we will be able to offset these costs. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please click here to see the options for giving and please know that I am grateful for any help you can give, especially prayer. If you can't click on this link, just go to the site and click on “Donate” portion of the navigation bar at the top. Don't worry, your financial information will be safe as our donation site is completely separate and is as secure as Fort Knox.

Gratefully Yours in Christ,

Dan Burke

PS: If any of you wish to give a larger gift to help with this challenge and would prefer to speak with me personally about this, please send me a note to


Art for this post on car accident and attack: The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633, 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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  • LizEst

    My continued prayers and support.

  • Wow. That is unreal. You have my prayers and I’ll definitely be signing up for the monthly donations.

  • Dan, Joel and I read your E mail this morning and were shocked…at all! Continued prayers and offerings. May God bless and Protect you and your Wife and Family! Saint Michael….

  • likeasaint

    Praying. Hang on.

  • Michael KW Chong

    Hail Mary full of grace The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary mother of God Pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

    Holy Mother pray for Dan and his wonderful ministry and help them overcome these challenges so that they can fulfil their calling to be closer to your son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Jeanette

    Continuing prayers…

  • Prayers Promised!

  • Joan

    Dan, I will definitelly be praying for your family, and for you. The attacks on you, and on this wonderful site, are proof that you are doing the Lord’s work. I will also forward to people I know who will join us in prayer for you all.

    St Michael, defend Dan in this battle.

  • Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

    Be assured of my continued prayers.

  • Aimliz

    Wow Dan… We are so sorry to hear about the terrible week you have had. You, your family, RCSD, the Avila Institute and everyone who engages in these two places are in our prayers. I hope that your wife and son are okay and that The Lord will help you find the most protective help for this awesome website.
    It has been a source of light for me.
    In Christ

  • Annie


  • Just wanted to briefly pause from my studies to share these sentiments with you, Dan. I am so sorry to hear what you have been through, but I am encouraged to know that good overcame evil in the end, and to know that your wife and son were protected. May God bless you and protect you as well. You are a bright light on my spiritual path…Love, Pam

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