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Dodging the Widowmaker

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Healing

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Heart Surgery: Dodging the Widowmaker A number of months ago my spiritual director insisted, under obedience, that I get back into an exercise habit. In her wisdom, I suspect, she knew that I would never skip my Liturgy of the Hours routine so she asked me to do this portion of my prayer while on the elliptical machine ensuring I also made physical exercise a daily habit. I reluctantly obeyed and have been faithful to the Holy... Read More

Helping Others To Heaven

October 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Donate, General

Helping Others to Heaven   The holy priest Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen once wrote that “There are two great attractions in a soul which has given itself seriously to God: the attraction to solitary silent prayer … and the attraction to active generous sacrifice for the salvation of souls.” Does your soul yearn to help others know the great love you know? Do you read the posts here on this site, or the... Read More

Finding God in Nashville

January 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events, General

Finding God in Nashville   Countless souls have been blessed and encouraged to heaven by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (also known as the “Nashville Dominicans”). Several weeks ago, I had the profound honor of briefly joining them in their mission by providing a number of talks and question and answer sessions on the spiritual life for the parents of Overbrook, their elementary school. My first talk... Read More

House on fire!

June 5, 2012 by  
Filed under General


House on Fire! I was just sitting at my desk and heard a sudden slam and then a roaring rotary sound coming from the ceiling above me like a vacuum cleaner pressed on a hard wooden floor. Then came a rush of billowing smoke from the air conditioner vents above my head. My son was above me! My heart was pounding as I ran up to the third floor to check on Jordan… not home. Then I ran to be sure no one else was home. Then, standing... Read More

We War Not Against Flesh and Blood: Urgent Appeal to Pray and Act

February 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Spiritual Warfare

We War Not Against Flesh and Blood: Urgent appeal to … Pray and Act! Dear Friends – If you have followed this site at all you know that this is a no-politics zone for some of the same reasons we don't talk about the Liturgy much. It is a very contentious topic and likely to divide people who might otherwise kneel side by side in authentic fellowship. However, there are times when the sediment of the muddy river of politics... Read More

Searching for Answers?

January 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Videos

Searching for Answers?   Searching for Answers? You have come to the right place… Searching for Answers? Dear Friends, This is the right place to come for the answers to many questions or situations, including these among them: I need help with my faith. I need help with my faith in God. Catholic faith. Our Journey in God. How can I deepen my Catholic faith? How can I learn to pray? I have questions... Read More

Should Catholics participate in Halloween festivities?

September 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, General

Some parents at the Catholic school where my child attends want to have a Halloween Party. I am really troubled by this. To me it seems clearly antithetical to our faith to celebrate a pagan ritual rooted in the idea that sacrifice to demonic spirits would ward off their punishment. Even if the meaning is watered down to mere costume wearing at this point, the practice still celebrates evil and minimizes its dangers and realities.... Read More

The Better Part in its 4th Printing and iPhone App!

August 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, General

The Better Part Dear Friends – Just in case you were out on vacation and missed it – here it is again with a significant correction (sorry for those who have already seen this) – please help us spread the word! I am very excited to provide you with an update on one of the best prayer resources available today, and published by Catholic Spiritual Direction in several new formats including a new iPhone App pictured... Read More

Overwhelmed: joy, encouragement, & a measure of sadness

August 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

So, this is what happened. We were out of questions and decided to ask you for more. Then, I asked you for feedback on how we have served you. Wow! We just can't keep up with the flood of questions, blessings, “thank you” notes, prayers both in email and in response to the “Are we helping” blog post… I remember starting this effort in 2008 and wondering if it would ever help anyone. Since then,... Read More

Has Catholic Spiritual Direction helped you?

July 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Reader Feedback

Dear Friends, About once a year I send out a note to check in on you. Are we serving you well? Have we helped you or someone you love come to know Christ in any way? Have other readers helped you as you dialogue about the posts? If this is the case, in large or small ways, we would be grateful to hear back from you. In your response at the bottom of this post, please tell us your state in life (teen, college student, mom, dad,... Read More

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