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Spiritual Aridity: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 9 & 10 Reflections

Spiritual Aridity:
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Day 9 & 10 Reflections

Spiritual direction and spiritual aridity are the topics today as Dan and Melissa discuss letters written by St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Find your core spirituality with the help of a good spiritual director.30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila
  • How is the soul like the weather?
  • How not to become discouraged because of distractions during prayer.
  • What is spiritual aridity?
  • Human (natural) vs. Supernatural causes of aridity.
  • How can we identify the causes of spiritual aridity?
  • St. John of the Cross and the Dark Night of the Soul
  • Read along with the book club, and call in with questions: 818-646-7729.


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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

    Yes! I had a confessor tell me one day: We are as changeable as the weather.

  • Mary P

    I gather that I have a split spirituality. I am a benedictine oblate, but practice also what St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross’ treatise on prayer. I practice the rule of St. Benedict to learn to become more humble and develop virtue and learn to die of self (haven’t accomplished it yet!). I also love St. Francis since I was a child (my middle name is Frances) I asked Jesus when praying once, since I don’t know how to pray well, can I pray the prayer of St. Francis.? I have always loved it; for me it seems the perfect prayer next to the Our Father. So why do I seem not to have a core spirituality? Is it important that
    I narrow it down to one; since all of them have helped bring me to know God better?

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