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Recommendation: Fr Thomas Dubay’s “Fire Within”

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer

Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel – On Prayer
by Father Thomas Dubay


Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay

Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay

Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. is a fantastic and engaging work synthesizing and systematizing the thought of St. Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus) and St. John of the Cross on mystical contemplation. One of the more encouraging aspects of this book is the truth that the call to contemplation and the call to deep communion with God is one that is meant for all Christians (as taught by the saints themselves). We highly recommend this book by this well-regarded author and spiritual director, who wrote over 20 books on Catholic spirituality.

We ask you to exercise one caution, though – if you have yet to read more basic works on contemplation and meditation (and their historic definitions and distinctions) you may want to pick up Prayer Primer by the same author and read it first.


Art for this post on the book Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel — On Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay: Cover of Fr. Dubay's book Fire Within used with permission.


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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, 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, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, 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. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director 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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