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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.

Suffering, Forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit

August 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, FEATURED, Melissa Elson, Prayer, Suffering

Join Dan Burke as he answers questions from listeners about forgiving others, prayers during suffering, and the Holy Spirit. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Is it right to pray for God's judgment on someone who caused us injustice? How can we pray during suffering and avoid despair? Why do some people resist the Holy Spirit? Are prayers during suffering, when you do not feel engaged in prayer,... Read More

Prayer of St. Augustine in Aridity

“Lord, my God, You who are holy, look and see my affliction! Have pity on the child whom You have engendered in sorrow and do not consider my sins, lest you forget Your power over them. What father will not liberate his son? And what son has not been chastised by his father's compassionate rod? O Father and Lord, although I am a sinner, I am nonetheless Your child, because You have created and... Read More

Did Catholics Manipulate the 10 Commandments? Invent New Sacraments?

August 14, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Melissa Elson, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Did Catholics manipulate the Ten Commandments or invent new sacraments? Join Dan Burke in part two of his interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to debunk these myths. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is Luther's doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone) and why don't Catholic subscribe to that belief? Why do non-Catholics believe that Catholics... Read More

The Measure of Fraternal Charity

The Measure of Fraternal Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, make me understand the full meaning of Your words: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22: 39). MEDITATION When Jesus gave the precept of fraternal charity, He Himself set its measure: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). This measure is so great that it would be difficult to exceed it,... Read More

Distractions, Aridity, and Self-Knowledge

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about distractions in prayer, contemplative aridity, and the importance of self-knowledge in overcoming sin. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What should we do if we feel guilty when we get distracted while spending time in mental prayer? Is contemplation the same as meditation? How important are short prayers throughout... Read More

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies (Part I)

What misunderstandings do non-Catholics have about Galileo or Catholics and the Bible? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part one of their interview with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book Forty Anti-Catholic Lies to find out. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Dr. Verschuuren to write this book? Are many of the misunderstandings about the Catholic Church stem from not allowing... Read More

Beginning Prayer and Praying for Others

August 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Melissa Elson, Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about beginning prayer and praying for others. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Does God listen to our prayers when we are in a state of mortal sin? Is it worthwhile to pray for concrete things? How can we be assured our prayers are acceptable to God when we are distracted in prayer? Should a beginner start praying lectio... Read More

This Scandal is the Last Straw — Why Stay in the Catholic Church?

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Church, Dan Burke, Scandal, Videos, Walking With Dan

?? I think the video speaks for itself but a few areas of emphasis are in order: If you can't stomach the news and remain in peace, don't consume it. Be sure to replace your news consumption with EWTN spiritual sustenance, spiritual reading, SpiritualDirection.com content, etc. Beyond that, please pray and fast for holy resolution to these challenges. If you can stomach the news, please spread the... Read More

Christ Figures in Sci-Fi TV Shows & Movies (Part 2 of 2)

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part two of their interview with Dr. James Papandrea about prominent Christ figures in science fiction television shows and movies such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and Lost. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Who was the most prominent Christ figure in Star Wars? What ideas from the Star Wars films mirrored Gnosticism? How did The Matrix also have Gnostic themes... Read More

The Excellence of Charity

The Excellence of Charity   Presence of God – Make me understand, O Lord, the pre-eminence of charity, that I may apply myself to it with all my heart. MEDITATION The three theological virtues, having God for their immediate object, are superior to the moral virtues which are directed to the government of our conduct; but among the three theological virtues, charity holds the primacy. It holds... Read More