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Last Chance to Preorder Into the Deep

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

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Last Chance to Preorder 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 persistent in prayer. Dan Burke knows the struggle. And, his new book Into the Deep: Finding Peace through Prayer examines the challenges that keep us all from a deeper prayer... Read More

Into the Deep is Coming! – Get Your Advance Signed Copy

July 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Donate, Into the Deep, Prayer, Prayer Life

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I have exciting news. Not too long ago I agreed to write a book for Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic on prayer. I was hesitant because I didn’t know if could write it in the style he requested. He wanted something that would help God’s people at the beginning stages of mental prayer when it is most difficult and when most people tend to give up. He also wanted the book to encourage, inspire, and give them the tools they... Read More

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps


Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps Interview with Gary Zimak   While interviewing Gary Zimak about his new book, “Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps”, I found a fascinating backstory of how a conversion experience propelled him into a career as a full-time Catholic evangelist. Nancy: How did God guide you into a career as a Catholic evangelist rather than another career? Gary:... Read More

Intimacy and Evangelizing — A Heart for Evangelizing

July 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Evangelization, Joseph Hollcraft


Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Avila Professor, and Dan Burke (who also teaches at the Avila Institute!) Editor’s Note: Dan Burke says that Dr. Joseph Hollcraft “reveals that the advance of the Kingdom of God must begin first within our own hearts and then extend to those around us. Without this inner work of conversion and union with God, our efforts will yield far less than we would desire.” Professor Hollcraft, who... Read More

St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone — Book Review

June 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Doctor of the Church, Knowing God, Nancy HC Ward


St Thomas Aquinas for Everyone by Dave Palmer Book Review by Nancy Ward   “St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I do with my 11- and 7-year olds.” Let’s Go Find God is the enticing teaser of Volume I. The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick and Fun Lessons, Activities... Read More

Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints


Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints   Spiritual direction is a tool that helps shape us into the saints God created us to be. It is natural that while striving to become saints, we would look to the saints themselves to guide us. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who will soon be canonized by Pope Francis, is an example of one who sought holiness through the example of those who had gone before her. Saint John... Read More

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 warning issued by the Congregation... Read More

Book Recommendation for Lent


Dear Friends, As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent. There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious about the growing in prayer and the interior life: St. Peter of Alcántara’s Finding God Through Meditation: I was deeply blessed to edit and update this translation of... Read More

What are Imprimi Potest, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat?

January 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Church Authority, Fr. Bartunek


Imprimi Potest, Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat: What are they? Dear Father John, Do the terms Imprimi Potest, Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur guarantee that some document, some prayer, etc, is approved by the Church and that we should follow it? Do they guarantee there are no errors? I’ve seen some of these designations on some questionable looking materials; so, I need to know. It seems that these are not as strictly given as they... Read More

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

October 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age, Prayer


Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation The following is an excerpt from Connie’s new book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF. This excerpt comprises Chapter Five: The Nature of Contemplation.   Fr. Keating writes, “Contemplation is a fundamental constituent of human nature and hence available to every human being.”[1] This is a serious error. It... Read More

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