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Calming the Storm: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila – Day 30 Reflections, Pt 2

November 6, 2015 by  
Filed under 30 Days Teresa Avila, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes, Suffering

Calming the Storm
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Part 2, Day 30 Reflections
Divine Intimacy Radio

Why does God allow suffering? St. Teresa helps us make sense of God's role in our suffering. Join Dan and Melissa as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila…and on calming the storm.

30DaysWithTeresaOfAvilaTopics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Why does God “raise up storms” in our lives?
  • What is the gift nobody wants?
  • What should we do during times of consolation?
  • How can we prepare for trials?
  • Finding the sources of suffering in the Bible.
  • How can we measure spiritual progress?
  • Finding help in scriptures, sacraments, and saints in times of trials.
  • What can happen to us if we fail to find purpose in suffering?


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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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  • Catherine Nagle

    Thank you so much, Dan and Mellisa for sharing your sufferings and challenges in relation to Teresa of Avila’s letter and the NEED for continuous study, reading, and prayer! A long time ago, I experienced this wonderful gift of consolation that has never left me, and helps calm my storms today. Your beautiful explanation edifies my experience and the true meaning of our suffering, of who we are called to be:

    At the age of 26, I faced a traumatic month that forever changed my life. First I lost my husband to cancer after a year-long battle. We had already lost our home, which we had to sell to pay for his trip to Mexico in search of a cure. If I didn’t feel completely alone at that point, imagine my devastation when my beloved mother died in her sleep only a month later. All I knew was that the two people I held dearest were suddenly gone. I was homeless, with a 5-year-old daughter depending on me to take care of us.

    During that awful time, I struggled and prayed. At last, after living for a time with various friends and family members, I was able to afford our own apartment and things were starting to look up. I had faith that God would make it work, and I carried my Bible with me everywhere I went. And although I was physically healthy, I was broken in spirit, so much so that I was afraid I wouldn’t survive. In fact, I prayed that I’d live long enough to see my daughter grow up.

    Things came to a head one unforgettable night, I lay in bed, crying out in my heart to God, “What am I doing wrong? What am I not seeing? I’ve been trying to live by the rules, the Commandments.” And that’s when I heard a voice inside saying to me, “You are (in part) doing this to yourself!”

    I was shocked by this realization, but I knew without a doubt that it was true: I was bringing my sorrow with me everywhere I went. And if my life was going to get better, that was the first thing I had to change. It wasn’t easy to undo 40 years of listening to the wrong messages in my mind, but in time it became easier. Somehow, as if guided by unseen hands, I was led to every book I needed to read. Somehow, what I’d heard that fateful night became clearer in the Gospels, and the reflections of our Saints. And it helped me to change my life and embrace my sufferings, and love and adore His beautiful gift of God’s presence living within us.

  • Cindi

    Thank you, for the discussion today. I do not know how I had not realized suffering is not just BIG things, but rather the daily struggles we encounter. I have actually been fearful recently, because I was thinking Life is Good – what struggle I am going to encounter? a major illness, loss of a loved one, etc. Also,the prose on suffering has touched me greatly! Again, thank you and God Bless you!

    • Jeanette

      Dan’s heartfelt prose on suffering could easily be used as a prayer. I enjoyed it as well!

  • Zeze

    Dear Dan,
    Please i beg you to make the prose you read as a post. or if you can reply it as a comment.
    i want to write it out and post it on my wall as a daily reminder. it was beautiful
    and if i ever have to share it,i’ll give you credit 🙂

    thank you so much for all you do.
    thank you too Melissa (Ps: you have a soothing voice )

    • LizEst

      Zeze: We included that as a link in the post above. Look under resources where it says “On Suffering — prose by Dan Burke, link” All you have to do is click on the title “On Suffering” to get the material. That is a bit of instruction for the future.

      For your convenience, now that you know this, the link is here:

      Hope that helps…for now and for the future. God bless you, Zeze!

      • Zeze

        Ah, got it.
        was too excited to look under resources 🙂
        thank you Liz. God bless you

        • LizEst

          You’re quite welcome. So glad you’ve understood. To God be the glory!

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