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August 24, 2015 – Dan Burke

For this particular broadcast, Frances and Mark welcomed into the studio Dan Burke. Dan is founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the most widely read blog on the topic of authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan founded the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and is also the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio. Dan is also the author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life, Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. During this lively discussion, Dan offers great insight into the lesser known writings of St. Teresa of Avila, her individual correspondence and letters. Through the use of these letters, Dan brings out Teresa’s remarkable combination of strength and humility. He discusses her approach to Spiritual Direction, touches on her playful but serious approach to the practice of spiritual devotions, and offers encouragement for the practice of the Ascetic life. At the same time, Dan offers deep insight into his own experience of suffering and our need to take our spiritual journey very seriously. And of course, like St. Teresa, Dan offers encouragement and serious direction on our need to develop our daily prayer life. This is a wonderful conversation for those who may yet be struggling with their need to get down to praying.