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Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress

Distractions in Prayer and Spiritual Progress   I've been struggling greatly with distraction in prayer – more so now than I have in years. Does this temptation often come as we progress in the spiritual life (especially with the night of sense)? Distractions can come from different causes.  As we begin to engage in mental prayer (and “beginnings” can last for years), distractions can... Read More

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Challenges, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Pope, Prayer

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer, and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to... Read More

Obtaining Peace and Zeal for Growth in Grace

OF OBTAINING PEACE, AND OF ZEAL FOR GROWTH IN GRACE   1. We might enjoy much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of others, and things which appertain nothing to our charge. How can he abide long in peace, who thrusteth himself into the cares of others, who seeketh occasions abroad, who little or seldom cometh to himself? Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall... Read More

Heights of Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Pt 1 Day 26

Heights of Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 26 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In today's episode on the heights of prayer, St. Teresa describes her spiritual ecstasies and how they caused her distress. Dan and Melissa talk about how everyone is called to the heights of holiness as they read from St. Teresa's letter to her brother from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell?

September 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction

There is a troubling phenomenon noted by several Doctors of the Church regarding the common waning of spiritual development after a period of progress. It often happens after a fervent soul makes notable gains against habitual mortal and then venial sin. It can also happen on the back side of any virtue-based victory. The soul becomes satisfied with itself and then reaches for the cruise control button... Read More

Spiritual Progress

Spiritual Progress Presence of God – Help me, O Lord, to advance rapidly in the path of virtue. MEDITATION “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev 19:2): this is the will of God, this is our vocation, the object of all our desires and efforts. Created to the likeness of God, we do not wish His image in us to be dimmed by our sins and passions, but to shine forth clear and... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 5 of 5

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Marta Goodwin, Spiritual Direction, Videos

The long awaited 5th part of “Women of Grace” series Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You with Dan Burke and Johnnette Benkovic is now available. In the final part of the series, Dan delves into how a person's spiritual progress relates to whether you run from your suffering or embrace it, what Spiritual Direction is and the relationship between a Spiritual Director and... Read More

Examination of Conscience

Examination of Conscience   Presence of God – O Lord, cast a ray of light on my soul, so that I may be able to see myself as You see me and as You judge me. MEDITATION To insure an orderly and progressive growth in the spiritual life, we must know ourselves. We have to consider our sins, our weak points, our evil tendencies, as well as the progress we have already made, the favorable results... Read More

3 Ways: Longing for Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (4/4)

The Three Ways: Longing for the Face of God ~ Navigating the Interior Life (Part IV of IV)   In our first post of this series, we covered an introduction to the concept of the three ways of the interior life. In part II and part III we covered the first and second of the three ways. In this post we will finalize our exploration of the ways. Unitive Way (Spiritual Adulthood): The principle characteristic... Read More

Should I be looking for another spiritual director?

Dear Father John, I was wondering if you could give me a bit of perspective. I recently asked a director to help me in my discernment of religious life.  After he agreed I wrote out a summary of the context for my perceived call along with a list of my vices/faults, graces/strengths, etc. The arrangement was that after reading the letter, we would talk, with the idea that I would write emails... Read More

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