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Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter?

July 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Webinar

Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter?

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St. Bernard of Clairvaux once said, “He who constitutes himself his own spiritual director is the disciple of a fool.” Why would such a gentle saint make such a harsh statement?

It is because he saw many good souls get stuck spiritually.

He once also lamented that many who make initial progress in the interior life get stuck and very few make it past the most basic progress. St. John of the Cross also reveals in his writings that very few gain the great graces of the life that God desires to give them because they don’t understand the spiritual life.

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The good news is that God has provided all we need to gain every grace He intends for us. Beyond the sacraments, prayer and the Mass, there is no more powerful tool than spiritual direction.

Join us this Saturday, July 11, for our “Understanding Spiritual Direction” webinar to learn what spiritual direction is, how you can engage in it, and, if you are engaged, how you can get more out of this powerful gift of the Church.


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Image credit for this post on “Why does spiritual direction matter?: “Laughing Fool,” By Netherlandish (possibly Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen), ca 1500, PD-US, 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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  • Judy Silhan

    I am very much looking forward to your sharing more about spiritual direction. Though I have taken classes at Avila and several webinars, there is so much to learn and insights to be gained that I fully appreciate the opportunity participate in another webinar this Saturday. Thanks, Dan, for making these available.

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  • Ingrid

    I just finished your book Navigating the Spiritual Life. Unfortunately I can’t watch the webinar, do you make the video available somehow? I have found this site very rich and helpful. I have an ipad at work and am able to listen to your Divine Intimacy Radio broadcasts as I work. God Bless you in this venture. One of these days I would really like to take classes from the Avila Institute.

    • Ingrid – if there are any seats left, you can go ahead and register and then we will send you the link about a week later.

      • Ingrid

        I didn’t get your reply until today:(…

  • Liz

    I am registered but not able to attend the webinar tomorrow. How can I obtain a link to view it later at my convenience. I am a monthly donor.

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  • Celeste Lovett

    So sad, just now learned about today’s live web. Was it recorded and available to listen to?

  • You did a fantastic job today, Dan! I was very impressed with the medium through which you delivered your webinar! As you know, I was unexpectedly away from home and it was easy to connect via my phone. Thanks again!

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