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Video – My prayer life is dry…

November 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dan Burke, Prayer, Videos

Prayer Life:

Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about the root causes of aridity or dryness in our prayer lives and what we can do about them:


Prayer Life: Dryness or Aridity

Prayer Life: Dryness or Aridity

Father John Bartunek outlines the two basic causes of dryness in prayer: my fault or God's fault!  He further discusses why each one of these may be the cause and how we need to be honest with ourselves and examine our conscience.  A spiritual director can help with this.  How can it be God's fault when consolation is lacking?  Is God's grace withdrawn as well? Is God's presence withdrawn? Why does God permit dryness or aridity?  What remedy is there for these things?  They also discuss an analogy to what it feels like to have dryness in prayer, and also issues of attachment and detachment.


Art: Bryce Canyon, Lois Sapio, May 19, 2015, all rights reserved, used with permission.  Feature picture art: Still of Father John Bartunek and Dan Burke filming this segment on dryness or aridity in one's prayer life, 2012, 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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