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Book Recommendation for Lent

Dear Friends,

As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent.

There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious about the growing in prayer and the interior life:

St. Peter of Alcántara’s Finding God Through Meditation: I was deeply blessed to edit and update this translation of this great book. It is far too little known in the Church and an incredibly powerful work. St. Peter was a mystic and a favorite spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. As I was editing this text I was lifted to heaven more times than I can count. Another editor who worked on this project had the same experience. Though it is not a quick read, it has a depth that will resonate for years even after multiple re-readings.

Specifically with respect to Lent, St. Peter is an extraordinary guide to help us deepen our prayer life as he provides daily Lenten meditations that are perfectly suited to draw our hearts to the great sacrifice that Christ made for us on the Cross. The other benefit of purchasing this book is that you can follow along with our Divine Intimacy Radio Podcast as we have just begun exploring St. Peter’s wisdom on that show and will continue through the season of Lent. If you purchase and read this book with dedication, and use the meditations, you will have a Lent like no other.


Yours in Christ,


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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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