Dan Burke

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4 Thoughts About Medjugorje and the Authentic Work of God

As I was making my way to the Catholic Church, I was deeply blessed by an encounter with a 17th century priest who taught me, through his writings, how to overcome aridity in prayer. This was a significant breakthrough for me and brought me...

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What the Saints Would Say About ‘Mindfulness’

Is “mindfulness” a helpful practice? Should a Catholic participate in it? In this video, I look at mindfulness in the light of Catholic mystical tradition and reveal the best way for Catholics to understand this practice. I also explain the path...

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Prayer, Hope and Healing

Can we really be made new again? Is there really hope for me, a sinner? Can we know peace in these tumultuous times? These are difficult questions but the answer to each is a resounding YES. This is why Jesus came, to draw us into the reality of...

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Join Us for Mass to Celebrate St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s Canonization

Calling all Carmelites! I am overjoyed to announce that the Avila Foundation, along with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Carmelites of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, will host a special Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of the life...

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How to Avoid Hidden Pitfalls When They're Disguised as Prayer

Do We Really Understand Prayer? If you were to stand up before any parish and ask folks to raise their hands if they understand what prayer is, you would likely see every hand raised. If you then asked for hands to rise if they could articulate...

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This Lent, Let St. Teresa of Ávila's Spiritual Guide Teach You How to Meditate

As we head towards Lent I have had a number of questions regarding a book I might recommend to those looking to experience a more meaningful Lent. There is one that comes to mind that I believe will be transformational for anyone who is serious...

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Sublime Chant - Sublime Prayer

I was driving home alone from Mass recently and experienced a rare post-Mass time of silence and reflection. Out of habit, I plugged my iPhone to the charger and, as usual, the car radio began to play a random music selection from my phone. Even...

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Learning to Be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life

My father was the first son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college, but with hard work and tough lessons, he was able to retire well by the age of 45. I learned a lot from him growing up. One principle that he...

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Why Don't People Kneel at Mass?

Dear Dan, I have been disturbed in Mass by folks who don’t kneel or who half-kneel (“rear-end” still on the seat). This might sound petty but I am crippled and wish desperately that I myself could kneel. What a profound privilege it is to kneel...

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Confessions of a “Say the Black, Do the Red” Catholic

It is hard to extend mercy when one is not intimately familiar with one’s own failures. Most don’t realize that the Pharisees were stalwart orthodox. They were deeply committed to their faith. However, they had strayed interiorly. Their faith was...