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October 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Donate, Videos

First and foremost, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with us in prayer and in supporting our outreach efforts. It is so easy in these troubling times to want to curse the darkness when, in fact, all we need to do is, each of us, light our single candle. Together, through the grace of God, the blazing light you have lit through your support and prayers has allowed us to reach millions of souls through our website, and more than 500 students in 25 countries through the Avila Institute. God is truly gracious to have brought you to us! Thank you.

There is nothing in this life more beautiful than watching a soul that longs for God encounter Him in a way that fulfills their hearts’ desire. They discover they are loved and even cherished by God. They realize they can know Him now in a way they never thought possible.Judy Silhan

Whether it be Judy, a laywoman who begins to weep at every encounter with the Eucharist, or a religious brother or sister or priest, such as Br. Elias a Franciscan friar, who is renewed in their mission. We see and hear it all through responses to, the Avila Institute, my books or talks, and now through Divine Intimacy Radio (soon to air on EWTN radio!).

The challenge we face is that the cost of feeding spiritually hungry souls far exceeds our donation and tuition income. The bottom line is that as we enter into our annual fund drive, we find ourselves struggling to make ends meet and serve those hearts who are crying out to God for meaning and help in the difficulties of our time.

Because of this we have had to make serious cuts in our budget that will reduce the number of students can accept at the Avila Institute and will reduce our outreach to others unless you can help us. We need you now, more than ever.

The good news is that the Lord has used our experiences in this past year to reveal to us a very clear path and vision that will allow us to grow in a healthy and sustainable way. However, we need you to help us close the gap today so we can continue on this path of bringing the beautiful life-changing reality of authentic Catholic spirituality to the world.

Is there anything more important in this life than understanding how to enter into and deepen our relationship with God? Matthew Kelly is a man dedicated to the task of awakening souls to the call of God. This year he asked me to contribute to a brand new book entitled Beautiful Mercy – the Perfect Companion for the Year of Mercy.

Book - Beautiful MercyAs an expression of my appreciation, I have forty copies of this wonderful book which I will sign for the first forty of you who respond to this appeal with a gift of $40 per month or a one-time gift of $480 or more.

It is a work featuring Pope Frances, Matthew, Scott Hahn, and a number of other authors who reflect on corporal and spiritual works of mercy. I have no doubt it will bring to light the beautiful mercy of God in your life.

For those who can help us at a gift of $20 per month or a one-time gift of $240 or more I will send you a signed copy of 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – a book that has already drawn thousands upon thousands of God’s people into a deeper understanding of what it means to walk with Him in this life and beyond. While supplies last!

Please pray and consider helping us so that we can continue to bring you such resources at and Divine Intimacy Radio. Your financial contribution, no matter what size, can help us continue our mission to bring faithful Catholic spirituality to you and to the world.


Please know you are always in my prayers. Please keep us in yours!

Yours in Christ,

Dan Burke

PS: I recognize that not everyone has the capacity to give at the amounts I have listed above. If you could give $5 or more on a monthly basis, I would love to thank you by sending you a copy of Journey to God.


The Avila Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. As a token of our appreciation for your support, we will mail you the book you selected/requested while supplies last. We estimate the value of the book to be $25 for Beautiful Mercy, $12.75 for 30 Days with Teresa of Avila and $15.95 for Journey to God . We are required to inform you that your federal income tax deduction for your contribution is the amount of your contribution less the value of the book.



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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, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. 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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