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Surviving Suffering – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 28 – Part 2

Surviving Suffering
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Part 2, Day 28 Reflections
Divine Intimacy Radio

St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa's letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can we condition ourselves spiritually to withstand trials?30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila
  • How can we help and be helped through spiritual friendships?
  • What does love of neighbor really mean?
  • Can our own suffering be used to help another?
  • Using suffering to grow spiritually.
  • What does St. Ignatius teach us about dealing with suffering?
  • Can how we deal with suffering lead to sin? How to avoid this.
  • How do we identify our root sin? How can we combat it?
  • Using the Examen Prayer.


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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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  • Michelle Ann Griffith

    Wonderful show! Refreshingly honest and full of great insights! Thank you both so much!

  • I haven’t been able to listen to this and the last podcast on suffering yet. Buse with law school…

    But I just wanted to share something. The Columbary where we laid my brother to rest is in a beautiful garden behind the seminary of the Society of the Divine Word. Every Sunday and on some Feast days, they play Mass songs and prayerful music. We laid my brother to rest on Easter Sunday last year. Just as we were blessing his resting place and saying goodbye, I heard the “Prayer of Rupert Mayer” playing. It was so difficult for me to hear. Reading about the saints, I longed to love God in the midst of suffering as they did. But now that suffering was here, I could not bear it. There still days when the cross feels too heavy, and life too weary.But listening to it again today, and seeing how God has brought me to this day, I can better appreciate how much God loves us, how He sustains and consoles us in the midst of great pain and anguish. And by His grace, I am learning to find peace in His will.

    Prayer of Rupert Mayer
    -sung by Himig Heswita (Jesuit Melody)

    Lord, what You will let it be so
    Where You will there we will go
    What is Your will help us to know

    Lord, when You will the time is right
    In You there’s joy in strife
    For Your will I’ll give my life

    To ease Your burden brings no pain
    To forego all for You is gain
    As long as I in You remain

    Because You will it, it is best
    Because You will it, we are blest
    Till in Your hands our hearts find rest
    Till in Your hands our hearts find rest

  • Finally listened to both episodes! Thank you so much! They have been very helpful! Especially the advice uniting our suffering is an act of the will and won’t take the pain away. I’m also convicted by the advice not to brood over my suffering. Question, is it okay to talk to a friend abut your suffering or does that automatically count as complaining and not bearing our crosses well?

    • Joan

      I think sometimes we help each other when we share with each other what we are going through, especially if it means a friend is then able to help us carry our cross.

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