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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. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, 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.

Catholic Guide to Loneliness

April 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with author Dr. Kevin Vost and interview him on his book The Catholic Guide to Loneliness.   Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is loneliness? Is social media causing people to become less connected? What are the three psychological and behavioral components to loneliness? What are some unhealthy manifestations... Read More

The Spirit of Faith

The Spirit of Faith   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, that spirit of faith which will keep me in contact with You in every occupation and circumstance of my day. MEDITATION There are two chief obstacles which hinder us from keeping in contact with God while we are at our daily tasks: First, there is the almost wholly worldly, material point of view with which we usually consider persons... Read More

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd Presence of God – I come to You, O Jesus, my Good Shepherd; lead me to the pastures of eternal life. MEDITATION The liturgy today sums up in the gentle figure of the Good Shepherd all that Jesus has done for our souls. The shepherd is everything to his flock; their life, their sustenance, and their care is entirely in his hands, and if the shepherd is good, they will have nothing... Read More

From Meditation to Contemplation

April 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they reflect on the meditations of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen on the transition from meditation to contemplation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: We must have an understanding of the transition from meditation to contemplation in order to cooperate with God. How can someone advance in the spiritual life if they have trouble meditating? Meditating is... Read More

The Catholic Guide to Business Integrity

April 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Resources Edition, Show Notes

How can executives in our profit-obsessed corporations maintain a sense of integrity in their leadership roles? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Brian Engelland about his book Force for Good: The Catholic Guide to Business Integrity to better understand why honesty and trust produce a more successful business. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Do many executives express... Read More

Energetic Resolve

Energetic Resolve   Presence of God – O Lord, make me persevere in seeking You and in serving You, in spite of all the difficulties which I may encounter. MEDITATION St. Teresa says that anyone who wishes to give himself to prayer with profit must make “an earnest and most determined resolve not to halt” on the way he has chosen. This means that we must give ourselves to prayer, not for... Read More

Worship Animating Culture

April 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Summit, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute, about The Avila Summit Event coming up this summer and why the theme “Worship Animating Culture” was chosen. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is The Avila Summit? When and where will it take place? Why is there a need for this event? Who will be speaking at the event? Why... Read More

A Life of Praise to God

What does it mean to be called to a contemplative prayer life? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the book Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Life of Praise to God to discover the riches hidden in the wisdom of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why did Dr. Lilles choose to focus his doctoral work on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity? Who... Read More

The Annunciation: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

April 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Annunciation, Dan Burke, Mary, Solemnity

The Whole World Awaits Mary's Reply Solemnity of the Annunciation (Transferred) From a Homily in Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot* You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit [cf Luke 1:31, 34-35]. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting,... Read More

Spiritual Experiences and Prayer

April 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Prayer, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson today as they answer your questions about sharing spiritual experiences and focusing the mind in prayer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why do we share our spiritual experiences on the air? Why did St. Teresa of Avila mask her personal experiences and make it seem as though they were happening to someone else? Why do some well-meaning Christians imply that... Read More