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How to Set Up a Sacred Space (Video)

How to Set Up a Sacred Space

In this video, I further explore one of the secrets of the saints regarding how we can better engage in prayer. The idea of the sacred is lost in our time but that doesn't have to hold us back in restoring this powerful reality in our own homes. When we do this we will find that just as with beautiful architecture, we can speak truth to our bodies and thus be drawn more powerfully into prayer, especially when we struggle. In this video I reveal the details of my own sacred space and offer suggestions for how you might be able to do the same in your home. If you have done so already, please share your ideas in the comment box below.

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This video on how to set up a sacred space in prayer has been provided courtesy of Dan Burke and the Avila Foundation … and is used with permission. Photograph of Dan Burke, used with permission.

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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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  • Gina Vincent

    How did you obtain first class relics of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross, etc? Were they given to you?

    • LizEst

      I believe someone gave them to him.

      • Dan Burke

        Yes, well, I certainly didn’t take them by force 🙂 They were gifts. One from a friend at EWTN and another from Carmelite Friars in Rome.

        • LizEst

          LOL! Glad you didn’t extend their mortification!

  • Mitzi Devlin

    I have my sacred space or prayer corner in a little cove area behind my bedroom door. It is a work in progress, but has pictures of my devotions and a crucifix. I have also put up pictures of favorite saints and pray to them during my prayer time. I add to this space as the Holy Spirit inspires me. It is a beautiful addition to our home…

  • Michele

    I really enjoyed this video on setting up sacred space. I am wondering how to obtain a first class relic for my sacred space. Also…………. this has taken quite awhile to do, but I turned my entire home into sacred space with simple prayer areas all over the house. Unfortunately, as we speak, I am living in an apartment while my husband and i are fixing up a true “fixer upper” in another state- to which we will move- but in that home we are going to again keep our home a simple, holy and prayerful place.
    This is not as difficult to do – as it may seem- many people needed the extra furniture, clothing, kitchen wares, etc that we had… so we donated them to others and kept a minimum of comfortable high quality pieces of furniture…etc…. and ….added icons (which I paint/write) throughout our home. We also have a crucifx over every entryway (which were purchased in our travels- rather than “typical” keepsakes. The only books in our library, or throughout the house are quality Catholic publications. We do not subscribe to cable or satellite service, but instead have a giant drawer full of Catholic DVD’s , a giant stack of Catholic CD’s, and now we subscribe to
    I cannot tell you the number of people who love to spend time in our home because it feels like a “holy place”. I also frequently bless our home with Holy Water.
    Our gardens have also been transformed into prayer spaces, as well as my car. It is simple to do, and it helps me to stay focused on the one I love most.
    Sorry this is so lengthy- I was thrilled to see sacred home spaces encouraged on your site.
    Blessings and thanks,
    Michele Craig (Avila Institute student!)

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  • I have a sacred room actually. Small office type area. Pictures of saints and my family, lots of holy readings or lectio divina. Have a framed pic of Our Lady of Fatima. Crucifix of course, candles. Bibles. Also have my guitar and keyboard and small recorder in case our Lord or Lady want to inspire to write poetry or music. I recommend it. Somewhere away from the many distractions of the world and of life.

  • Midget01

    I do something similar for my 5th grade students. I give them a small electronic votive candle and a color printed picture of Jesus. Each week during the school year I present them with a holy card and prayer. These cards co-inside with the Feast Day, Season or function at our parish. They are encouraged everyday to spend at a minimum of 5 minutes with God. They can sit quietly, do the prayer cards or read from the bible. The time of day they do this is entirely their choice. Their parents are given the instructions on how to help their child pick a secluded private space for their child (not to be invaded by siblings). My Class loves and respects it and their parents see it as a natural flow to move to the adoration chapel as they age. The child can add religious items or things that they find important to share with God and the saint with whom they chose to pray. We talk periodically through-out the year just to keep them focused on the daily need.

  • Virginia

    I finally found the right spot for my sacred space last fall! I’ve been collecting icons for years – ones I’ve purchased myself, and a few that friends have given me through the years. I used the blank wall by the dresser in our master bedroom. The area is in an alcove where we have a couple of comfortable chairs and a coffee table in front of the dresser. The wall have the icons and crosses (a San Damiano cross, a Celtic cross and a Mexican clay cross). A wood statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Our Lady of Medjugorje are on top of the dresser where there is an African violet plant between the statues, a small candle in front of the plant, and a 3-candle candelabra on either side of the statues. I have my spiritual readings and my Mom’s rosary on the table. I use this sacred space especially at 3pm when I pray the Divine Mercy and continue with meditations using the Divine Intimacy book. When I use it in the early morning, the warmth of the sun coming in and the quiet area helps me focus on my time alone with the Lord. Thanks for sharing your video, Dan. Wish I could share my space too. Blessings of peace to all.

  • Gilda Smith

    Thanks Dan, beautiful reminder for me of the importance of a sacred place to connect with God. I have it in the master bedroom. It’s been very helpful for my husband and I, first time in the morning, we pray thanking God for the day, asked His guidance to give Him glory, then we say the Serenity Prayer, the Jesus Prayer and consecrate our entire family including ourselves to Jesus through The Blessed Mother, we invoque the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, ending with the St Michael’s prayer. Therefore, on the wall I display all those images. Thanks to all for the opportunity to share and for your sharings. Blessings
    Gilda Smith

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