Spiritual direction is something that many saints have written about but it seems to have vanished over the last sixty years or so. In fact, I doubt most Catholics have any clue what spiritual direction is or they think that it's like “psychotherapy for Catholics” where you lie on the couch in the spiritual director's office and tell him or her about your temptations and how hard it is to finish praying a rosary with kids screaming in the background.
This week I was honored to have Dan Burke on the Behind the Counter radio show. Dan is the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register and the founder of the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Blog which now has over 10,000 members. Dan has a new book coming out this fall called Navigating the Interior Life that is the perfect introduction to spiritual direction.
The link to the interview is at the top of the book description along with a sample from the book.
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After interviewing Dan and reading through part of his book, I realize that I really need to find a spiritual director and work on my own spiritual formation a lot more.
He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.