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Blessings of Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 15

The Blessings of Suffering:
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Day 15 Reflections


Can suffering be a blessing? How to understand God's role in our suffering. Dan and Melissa look at St. Teresa's attitude toward suffering as they reflect on her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How can suffering be considered a blessing?30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila
  • Seeking positive diversions when faced with suffering.
  • The dangers of destructive forms of escape from suffering.
  • Can suffering lead to peace?
  • How can we understand God's will in our suffering?
  • Understanding suffering comes in stages – a pathway rather than a destination.


  • 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles
  • 2 Corinthians, Chapter 4 – http://www.usccb.org/bible/2corinthians/4
  • Romans, Chapter 8 – http://www.usccb.org/bible/romans/8
  • Acts, Chapter 5 – http://origin.usccb.org/bible/acts/5
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About Dan Burke

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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