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Impossible to find spiritual direction; I can make it on my own

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

I was confirmed four years ago. I had a very powerful conversion and the first thing I tried to do was find a priest for a spiritual director. No luck. I did discover that not all priests are trained in spiritual direction. Every seminarian needs a director also and they would come first. The ratio of priests to parishioners makes it impossible to get personal direction unless you are discerning a vocation as a priest or religious. I prayed every day for a director. What I realized, after about two years, was that by going to daily Mass, listening to the homilies, frequent confession and the bible and spiritual reading, I was being directed. My pastors homilies many times seem directed solely to me and I listen to every word he says. My pastor has met with me now and then when I have been particularly lost or troubled and those few times have resolved so many things for me.

A bad director would be worse than none at all. I would recommend a Holy Hour of Adoration weekly and daily Mass. The Lord will guide us, we just need to be with him as much as we can so we can learn to discern his will. God bless!


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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, 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. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, 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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