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Frustrated with My Prayer life – I am Stuck!

September 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Avila Institute, Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family,

Many people feel profoundly frustrated with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If for post on frustrated with my prayer lifeyou feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers.

Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I came that they might have abundant life.”

Why is it that we fail to know this abundant life?

The answers are complicated because of our sin and brokenness but there is no doubt that answers are available. The Holy Spirit has provided all the wisdom we need to find and live this abundant life, even when the world seems to be going to hell around us.

Here’s an example of a few people who are finding their way out of the morass into an abundant life in Christ:

“I just want to express how grateful and happy I am that I am taking these courses. Dr. Peter Howard, in his second lecture, expressed the need and longing for heaven (and how short life is) so eloquently that I don't know how anSuccess climbyone who heard him can't be moved to follow God in all things. It's really a good wakeup call for me, and this is EXACTLY what Catholic education should do – not just teach facts or methods, but inspire.” ~ Matthew Manint, MS

“My heart was touched because during the class I found tears in my eyes. That doesn't happen during a “typical” college course! When the class ended, I just sat in front of the white screen! I sat there for a good minute. I didn't want to leave…I wanted to learn more. It is definitely not a “Head-learning” class. … But…something touched my heart. I have already felt a change in my prayer life. This week I have been more deliberate and intentional. God seems more personal….so I don't want to just talk off the top of my head. I want to TALK with Him. Can't wait until the next classtime!” ~ Brenda Conyers, MO

These are just two examples of people like you, like me, who once experienced far less of God than they do now. Their joy, their peace, has come to them because they have decided to take hold of and explore this promise through engagement with the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Join us and hundreds of students around the world who are discovering the joy of the Gospel.

If you have even an inkling that you are ready for a change, need a new perspective, or a boost of faith, send us an email at and we can help you explore the possibilities. You will be surprised at how affordable it is. And scholarships are available, too.

Know that we are praying for you as you reach out to Him.

Yours in Christ,



Photography, including feature image, provided by Dan Burke and Marta Goodwin.

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About Dan Burke

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. 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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