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A Friend’s Easter Story: No such Thing as a Bad Egg?

March 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Easter, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

An Easter story from a friendDear CSD Friends,

Father John received this note from a friend and thought you might enjoy it…


Dear Friends and Family,

I had a beautiful little miracle happen that I want to share with you. I resolved last week to make a special effort to offer little sacrifices throughout the day to show my love for Christ, rather than grumbling about them (my usual first instinct).

Well, my first test came when I went to make breakfast for my family this past Saturday, and I saw that we only had one egg left. For some reason I was really craving a fried egg sandwich, which I had made for my husband the night before-with avocado and cheese and real mayonnaise. So I talked my daughter into oatmeal (really…she likes it) and then held my breath when I asked my husband if he wanted breakfast. To my delight, he said no! So I got out all of the ingredients for my heavenly egg sandwich when my husband saw this and said, “Oh! Are you making my favorite breakfast? I guess I'll have to reconsider.” But…we only have one egg! Yes, I said this out loud, so of course he insisted that I eat it.

Remembering my resolution for the week, I ultimately gave him-and Jesus-the egg sandwich. It actually felt pretty good! Imagine my surprise Monday morning when I opened up my favorite book of gospel meditations by Fr. John Bartunek (The Better Part), and he introduces the day's gospel reading with a quote from St. Albert the Great:

An egg given during life for love of God is more profitable for eternity than a cathedral full of gold given after death.”

Who knew?! May you have a blessed Easter Triduum, and don't forget to share those Easter eggs!


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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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