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Should I Stop My Public Speaking?

April 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events

Should I Stop my Public Speaking?


During my recent convalescence, I prayed about the toll that frequent travel was taking on my body and seriously considered discontinuing public speaking. A few things motivated me in another direction. First, we receive speaking requests weekly. This could be interpreted as an invitation from God to continue to make this happen. Second, we recognize that this kind of travel and speaking is one of the few ways to really make a personal connection with you, and to serve many we couldn’t reach in any other way.

After prayer, consulting with a few friends, and much conversation considering ways we could still continue our outreach while minimizing the impact, I believe that Wisdom revealed an approach that we are committed to in the coming year and beyond.

We were about to make a public announcement but we are stuck – we can’t seem to come up with a name for the event that says what we want to say. So, I thought you might be able to help. To help you help us, all of those who attend will, by God’s grace, be invited to:

  • Enter into the reality of Christ’s saving power through conversion
  • Gain an understanding of His ever-deepening call to prayer and learn how we can move from basic prayer to a rich prayer life that brings peace and joy in the midst of our daily struggles
  • Discover a very clear and practical path to daily engaging with God in a way that will be life changing for those who chose it

St Peter Chanel EventThe event will cover about three and a half hours and will involve music, beautiful art, and transformational wisdom from those who have trod the path to God so well that we now call them Saints.

I know many of you are happy to help us without an incentive but, if you propose an event name that we use, we will gladly send you signed hardback copies of my last three books:

  • Navigating the Interior Life
  • 30 Days with St. Teresa of Avila (with Dr. Anthony Lilles)
  • Finding God through Meditation (by St. Peter of Alcántara)

So, if you would like to suggest a name! Once we get a few options from you, we will publish the ones we like most and have you all vote on them. We will send one free book to everyone who ends up suggesting a name that makes the top ten list.

Suggest an Event Name

Also, in the meantime, if you want to get a jump on the crowd and invite us to come to visit your neck of the woods, click here and tell us a bit about your parish or group.

I am looking forward to your feedback and hope to see you soon!

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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, and Divine Intimacy Radio, 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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  • Nance

    “A time Of Grace”

    • LizEst

      Thank you for your idea. Please kindly click on the big button (icon) that says “Click here to suggest a name”. Then, fill in form that asks for the information and click “done” in the box at the bottom of that in order to submit your idea. And, thanks again. God bless you, Nance!

  • MariaGo

    Wish you could come to the Philippines! Any chance you could come to speak here someday? We have had a number of Catholic celebrities from the US in recent years. 🙂 Will try to think of name. Hope I win! I don’t have your more recent 2 books. In case it’s chosen, we have a family friend in San Francisco who can send it here. 🙂

  • LizEst

    OK, Diane. We will look into it. Thank you. In the meantime, click under Dan’s bio (where it says “ABOUT DAN BURKE”) where it says “Mail”. That will set up an email to him at He will get the information there. Thanks again for letting us know.

  • Pamela Soup

    1) “Here I am, Lord” or 2) “Answering Christ”

    • LizEst

      Hi Pamela Soup — Thank you for your suggestion. Please kindly see our instructions to “Nance” below. If that doesn’t work, please follow the instructions to “Diane” below. Thanks so much…and may God bless you!

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