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Divine Intimacy in Lent (and beyond)

Divine Intimacy in Lent and Beyond

As Lent arrives, I suspect that some have found themselves yet without a plan for how to navigate this important season. Well, I have a bit of good news for you. We have developed a relationship with a fantastic publisher, Baronius Press, whereby they will regularly allow us to post a portion of one of the most profound daily meditation works ever produced – Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen O.C.D.Divine Intimacy in Lent and Beyond

If you are not familiar with this book, you will soon learn that my praise is understated. In fact, if you already have a daily prayer habit, and are working on your interior life, and you add Divine Intimacy to your regimen, you will discover spiritual riches that you could have never imagined.

Divine Intimacy reveals some of the deepest water in the glory of Carmelite spirituality but in concise accessible meditation form. Many who desire to understand spiritual theology don’t know where to start. There is no better place than Divine Intimacy. In fact, a year of meditations will have you well on your way to exploring the most important elements of spiritual theology. So, don’t delay – and once you purchase your copy here, carve out ten to 20 minutes a day during Lent or any season and you will never regret the decision.

Once you get up and moving, if you find your heart stirring for more, don’t forget to check out the courses we have available at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. If Divine Intimacy is only the appetizer of the spiritual banquet God has prepared for you, the Avila Institute will offer a main course that will change your life.

Oh, one final word or two. Yes, Divine Intimacy is a bit more expensive than you might hope, however, the quality of Baronius’ beautiful leather-bound work will allow you to keep this book for a lifetime. Also, Divine Intimacy is arranged against the liturgical calendar prior to the Vatican II so it will take some minor adjustment in your reading schedule to adapt. Finally, it might take a bit of time to get it too you, don’t be discouraged that it won’t exactly sync with Lent. Just jump in and make it happen with Divine Intimacy in Lent and beyond. God is waiting to meet you there.

If you missed the link to purchase Divine Intimacy, click here.

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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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  • Michael Brooks

    I have a copy published by Tan Books, and costs approximately $10 less than the book in the article, and can also be purchased through Tan or Amazon. Sometimes I think that I cannot live without this wonderful book. I read it along with the Bible, The Imitation of Christ, and of course the TLM hand Missal. I am currently using the Douay-Rheims Bible published by the Saint Benedict Press. Why the Douay-Rheims? The language, for me, speaks clearer than the NABre. All things considered, Divine Intimacy is a good investment for the Soul.

  • hssuzanne

    Thank you so much for this link. This is the best price I have ever seen for a leather bound copy of this book and I have always wanted to buy it, so I have now bought it and am so looking forward to receiving it for this Lent. God Bless you.

  • Camila

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Jeanette

    I’m looking forward to the meditations from Divine Intimacy that you have arranged for us to receive. I have wanted to purchase this book and this is an impetus for me to start saving some money to purchase it. Thank you Dan.

  • LizEst

    The soul profits much from this Carmelite classic. Thanks Dan for laying the groundwork so that all might be graced by these excerpts. God bless you!

  • Looks great! But its so expensive! Wish they’d sell in the Carmelite seminary store here. Maybe I can ask my parents for it as Birthday and Christmas gift later this year…

    By the way, finally got Audrey’s new CD today! Christmas gift from parents arrived in time for Lent! :))

  • Suzi

    This is the best book after the Holy Bible. I use it every day and there is a website called A wonderful guy has put together a calendar for the year of what page to be on each day. I used to get lost all the time and very frustrated, in fact one time I emailed a Carmelite order to ask Where I should be up to lol. this is an expensive book but I could not be without it. It is food for the soul and speaks to you like no other.

    • Thank you Suzi – this is a fantastic resource.

  • Helen Westover

    I’ve been using Divine Intimacy for three years. It turned me into a Third Order Carmelite!

  • BeckitaMaria

    Divine Intimacy is, indeed, a precious resource and so worth any sacrifice needed to make the purchase. Thanks, Dan.

  • LSLinda

    This book looks AMAZING! The cost does make one “gulp” a bit, but there seems to be no dispute that it is worth it. I will definitely put this on my wish list and hopefully be able to get it in the future. Thanks for sharing this.

    • JustAcat

      Although your post is from three years ago, I pray your “wish list” has been fulfilled! Divine Intimacy has been a blessing each day for me, and I hope the same for you! ~ Best, Denise Thrasher

      • LizEst

        So happy to know that Divine Intimacy has been a blessing for you, Denise! May God bless you richly now and always.

        • JustAcat

          Thank you!

  • DianeVa

    Great suggestion Dan! I bought it about 1-2 years ago and it is a treasure. I was just thinking how can I have the best Lent ever? I just enrolled in the Avila Inst and participating in the study of your book Navigating the Interior Life and will attend Mass and receive my ashes at the Mt Carmel Ctr here in Dallas. Thank you for reminding me to turn to Divine Intimacy for my prayer starter. My problem is there are so many OUTSTANDING resources to turn to! I have several books I am in now and want to start others! How do you decide on the perfect number of books to be “feeding” from? My daily practice is Bible, Magnificat, and now the Better Part, and now I am being reminded of Divine Intimacy. Will I drown?

  • DianeVa

    Helen, what may I ask led you to become a third order Carmelite?

  • DianeVa

    Thank you Suzi for the resource suggestion for DI.

    • Suzi

      You are welcome I am glad to share as I know how frustrated I was trying to follow it with our calendar.

  • Connie

    Food for the Soul, thank you Dan for arranging for us to receive the meditations from Divine Intimacy.

  • Rachel

    I bought this book recently after much hemming and hawing over the price. It’s been a marvelous investment! Warning! If you want to be comfortable in your spiritual life, don’t read this book.

  • LSLinda

    OK, I couldn’t stand it. I went to my local Catholic bookstore, bit the bullet and bought it. I also found Father Phillippe’s new book. Yes, this compulsive Catholic book buyer purchased it as well. “Divine Intimacy” looks absolutely wonderful. Thank you, Dan, for sharing this resource.

    • Suzi

      Lol, you will not regret this purchase I assure you. I too ordered the new book by Fr Phillippe, Thirsting for prayer, and am looking forward to receiving it. Blessings

  • Karen Howard

    I would have to concur, Dan. My edition of Divine Intimacy is dated 1963 and I have never opened it, when I have not been enriched. It is a wonderful book.

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