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Having a Rule of Life: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 20 reflections

Having a Rule of Life
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Day 20 Reflections
Divine Intimacy Radio


Listen to reflections on letters from St. Teresa of Avila found in Dan Burke's book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. In today's show, Dan and Melissa answer the questions: What is a rule of life? Why do you need one? How do you make one?

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Motivation vs. structure when making a plan for loving God.30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila for post on rule of life
  • How to start with a “small yes”.
  • The importance of having a written plan.
  • How to identify your root sin. Why do you need to?
  • How to find joy in discipline and beauty in structure via a Rule of Life.


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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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  • Anna

    Father, i’d like to invite you on my blog. It’s kind of testimony conversion.
    God bless. Anna.

  • Judy Silhan

    Scatter brain that I am, thank you for this morning’s reminder about the rule of life. Yes, in taking your class, Dan, and reading Navigating the Interior Life, I had to have learned all about this. However, like I said, I am often scatter brained and often go off in many directions, though well intended, and leave God behind a lot of the time. Perhaps, because I learned the value of getting up early to spend time in prayer and spiritual reading before heading to daily Mass, that has become ingrained in me. This morning, however, when you mentioned the need for writing down some type of schedule for your rule of life, my ears perked up as though I had not heard that before. So, I went to your book, found “Rule of Life” and it was highlighted. Why it was new to me I don’t know, except that perhaps I need to hear things more than once for them to sink in; another reason to say thanks for your program today. I have to live by a daily planner and I write every appointment down; not so, with times scheduled in which to grow in holiness and friendship with our Lord. Perhaps, also, this is the reason for seemingly endless exhaustion – I have not stopped and spent time with the only One who can really give relief from living in and dealing with our world/culture today.
    Great program today – great explanation for those who don’t know about the Rule of Life and the importance of spending even a few moments, if you are very busy with our Lord, in what you beautifully called a Plan of Love.

  • mariamgal

    Great talk about the rule of life. We all need to reflect on how we are spending our time, but the most important thing to remember is that our time with God is the ONLY time well spent! This presentation is a very good reminder that we have to detach ourselves from anything that may be separating us from God, that is moving us away from His Divine Presence. The rule of life, keeping Jesus in the very center of it to praise, serve and love, will set us free to open our heart and mind so the Holy Spirit may rule and guide our motives, thoughts, prayers, and actions throughout the day. Thank you for this reflection. God bless you. +

  • Jeanette

    I like very much that the ‘Rule of Life’ to be called ‘Plan of Love for God.’ I have a plan of Love for God and make changes as necessary, every six months. Because of circumstances in my life, I have simplified that plan and because of what you spoke about in this podcast, certain devotions I do, ‘as I am able.’ I found that I would feel guilty if I couldn’t fulfill them each day because of interruptions in my day, lack of solitude, illness etc. The point is, God knows what’s in my heart and my goodwill to fulfill this plan, as I am able, is what counts.

    I have just finished reading, for the second time, Fr. Jacques Philippe’s book “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” and there are many gems contained within that book that helped me to see things better in the spiritual life. I have read the other books of his that you recommend as well: “Thirsting for Prayer” and “Time for God.” Dan, thanks for these book recommendations…they have helped me very much. God bless!

  • patricia

    Dan ever since I took your class navigating the interior life I have seen the value of having a rule of life. It helps me to maintain committed time with God and balance between prayer work and recreation and study. I rely on it as the map to follow and to help guide me thru the day. Rule of life is a huge help for me! Helps me to remain in God’s Love ( John 15: 9-12)

    • I am grateful that this practice is helping you Patricia!

      • patricia

        Yes my spiritual director says this is very good for me

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