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Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? Update (Part II of II)

This past week I ran into a man from India and I asked him about the popularity of the writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello in India. His answer was a bit distressing so I decided to offer a second post that contains more insight from Pope Benedict the XVI on de Mello’s writings (he was Cardinal Ratzinger when he wrote what you will find below).  What you will find below are two things: The original... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this... Read More

Can I Trust a Spiritual Director who Uses the Enneagram?

Dear Dan, I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is a local Benedictine sister who is very nice and seems to be sincere. However, in our second session she asked if I would be interested in using an ancient tool of spiritual wisdom known as the enneagram to help me in my spiritual progress. I recall reading about... Read More

Can I Trust Spiritual Directors International?

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Can I trust “Spiritual Directors International”?   We received the following inquiry from one of our readers: “I just visited the regional Catholic young adults website for our diocese and was, at first, pleased to see that they were encouraging spiritual direction for young adults, even providing a list of spiritual directors, questions to ask a spiritual director, etc. I then found... Read More

Catholicism and Buddhism – Clearing Up the Confusion

February 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Can I Trust?, Dan Burke

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There is much confusion and misinformation in our time regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and Catholicism. Dr. Clark is both a faithful Catholic and a Chinese scholar (he reads Chinese fluently), his work is well researched, solid, trustworthy, and charitable. Joined with Carl Olson, an excellent theologian, there is no better combination of authors to shed light on this important topic. We are... Read More

Who Can I Trust?

November 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

About a decade before I converted to Catholicism, I was struggling with aridity. Former Protestants can attest to the fact that there is little help in Protestantism for this or any other significant malady in the realm of spiritual progress. So, I began searching, and I stumbled across a priest who had written on the topic. This priest provided me with the wisdom I needed – wisdom the Holy Spirit... Read More

Can I Trust Pierre Teilhard de Chardin?

July 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Liz Estler, New Age

Recently, someone referred me to a prayer that Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. wrote called “Patient Trust”. Researching it on the web, I found that it accurately describes the frustration many face while discerning what the Lord is calling them to…and the patience required to remain stouthearted and wait on the Lord with courage (cf Psalm 27:14). “That looks good,” I thought, “Let... Read More

Can I Trust? Series: Faithful to the Church?

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age, PseudoSpirituality

Can I Trust? Series Faithful to the Church? Editor’s Note:  We get many questions in regards to whether or not popular authors, or organizations, are faithful to the Church, her teachings and her Magisterium, and whether or not they should be read and/or followed.  It is a wise person who asks!  So, in a way, this listing of posts has been inspired by you, the readers.  The following is an... Read More

Can I Trust Opus Dei?

January 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, Videos

Dear Dan, I am contemplating a vocation to Opus Dei. For years, I have been hearing a call. I am afraid  however, when I read negative info on websites. I feel torn apart. Can you guide me, provide some insight? Dear Friend, your concerns are valid. To set the stage for my comments I need to state that I am not a member or in any way formally or informally affiliated with Opus Dei. However, I have... Read More

Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? (Part I of II)

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Dear Dan, my spiritual director recently recommended I read a book by Fr. Anthony Demello, SJ. Are you aware of his writings? I am a bit concerned about what I am reading but I can’t put my finger on exactly what is making me so uncomfortable. Maybe I should answer a different question first. “What should I read if I want to grow deeper in my faith?” The best answer is, 1) Scripture... Read More

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