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Art that Draws us to God

Art and the Angels Art is authentic in its essence when it draws us to God. Everything that is truly beautiful, reflects the opulence, kindness, and generosity of God. He could have made the world gray with no contrast between objects, no depth or texture. Instead, He has given us a magnificent creation so vast, varied, and profound that we could spend our entire lives exploring its creative grandeur... Read More

How to Read Your Way to Heaven

December 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Liz Estler, Meditation, Prayer, Resources, Vicki Burbach

How to Read Your Way to Heaven A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between   What if I told you, you could chart a course to heaven simply by reading? The fact is that many of the saints regularly read the spiritual classics. And, what they read affected their spirituality, their Catholicity, and their lives in a positive way. Here at SpiritualDirection.com... Read More

Order Into the Deep

September 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Into the Deep, Prayer, Resources

Chance to Order Into the Deep   Do you want to improve in your prayer life? The answer is undoubtedly yes. The saints teach us that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. The forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil can make it difficult to be faithful and persistent in prayer. Dan Burke knows the struggle. And, his new book Into the Deep: Finding Peace through Prayer examines the challenges... Read More

A Mystical Encounter with God

Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived... Read More

Ever-Deepening Prayer Life: Holy Summer Reading Resources

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Prayer, Resources

I just finished teaching a course entitled Navigating the Interior Life – Foundations of Prayer and Union with God for the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation. The course has been a joy to teach because I have had the great blessing of watching more than sixty of God’s precious souls grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. These students of the spiritual life... Read More

Voyages of Personal Discovery

Voyages of Personal Discovery A  Navigating Review from the Irish Catholic Thursday, 10 January 2013 – If you find this review helpful, please “Like” on Facebook or forward to a friend! Released towards the end of last year, Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God represents one of the best resources to emerge in a long time for Catholics who desire... Read More

How do I deal with Dry Homilies?

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Resources

Dear Father John, I have recently come back to the Church and am looking for a deepening of my faith.  Although I have fallen in love with the Mass, I have found that the priests are not as engaging as the ministers I found in evangelical churches.  I don’t know what to do about that; I can only think to draw nearer to Christ and find people of the same mind.  I would appreciate any suggestions. I... Read More

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