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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

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

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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… SpiritualDirection.com 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

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

Do you have a question about the spiritual life?

June 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

Question: Do you have a question about the spiritual life?   Question Dear Friends – Because so many of you have asked, I have made it easier to find out how to submit a question to us. You will find the link in the top of the middle column for now. Thank you for you constant interest in seeking to know, love, and serve Him! Seek Him – Find Him – Follow Him Dan + We want to serve you and help you in your... Read More

What are you thankful for?

November 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General

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Every year at the thanksgiving table our family tradition is to allow each member to express what they are particularly thankful for. As the parents of four teens we have heard some pretty memorable responses. I will never forget the year that our daughter expressed thanks for her suffering. She said that she knew that God was working in and through her personal experience of the pains of life. That same year our oldest son was... Read More

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