By CUF Staff | March 18, 2013
The annual Institute on Religious Life National Meeting is April 5-7!
This year, the weekend meeting is co-sponsored by Catholics United for the Faith and will feature many respected Catholic teachers and leaders, including Bishop Leonard Blair, Dr. Ralph Martin, Sr. Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D., Dan Burke, and CUF president Mike Sullivan.
This year’s conference will unwrap the significance of the Year of Faith by providing talks that center on renewing our “credible and joy-filled witnesses to the Risen Lord” as Catholics. Click here for more information on attending.
Also, Emmaus Road author Dan Burke, along with the IRL, will be providing a copy of Navigating the Interior Life to all in attendance. Here Dan explains this endeavor:
The goal is to both express appreciation to them and to encourage them to seek out and also provide spiritual direction if they are not already doing so. Even more exciting is that Archbishop Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas has agreed to provide a letter to all attendees commending your generosity, and also offering the great work of the AVI Spiritual Mentorship School. The school was established to to serve all the faithful who recognize the call to feed His sheep.
Read more: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/2013/03/16/tears-of-joy-for-gods-servant#ixzz2NuL40esA. Following this link will give you the opportunity also to contribute to this effort.
By CUF Staff | March 14, 2013
Check out the episode of EWTN’s Bookmark with Andreas Widmer, author of the bestselling book from Emmaus Road Publishing, The Pope & the CEO.’
By CUF Staff | March 13, 2013
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio : Our first Latin American Pope, first Jesuit, and our first “Francis.”
Please join Catholics United for the Faith in praying for our new Holy Father at this historic moment!
By CUF Staff | March 8, 2013
It was announced today that the conclave to elect the successor to Benedict XVI will open March 12. In the meantime, what should the Church be doing?
Dan Burke has an excellent article at the National Catholic Register about our duty to pray:
If we don’t pray, God’s grace will not be granted. We are God’s chosen means to accomplish His will. Prayer is the way that we cooperate with Him in the accomplishment of His will.
By CUF Staff | March 5, 2013
Emmaus Road Publishing’s bestseller Navigating the Interior Life by Dan Burke is nominated for About.com’s 2013 Best Catholic Book award. Vote every 24 hours for this incredible book. Haven’t read Navigating yet? Order here.
By CUF Staff | February 28, 2013
By CUF Staff | February 28, 2013
Although the date for the conclave to elect a new Pope has not been determined yet, the Church has the opportunity to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance at this time, and in particular for the Cardinals involved in the election process.
A new website that randomly selects a Cardinal for “spiritual adoption” is one fun way to go about praying for the election process. Visit here to “Adopt a Cardinal” and start praying today!
By CUF Staff | February 27, 2013
Today Pope Benedict XVI gave the final Wednesday address if his pontificate to an estimated crowd of 200,000. With heartfelt thanks to those gathered, Benedict offered his personal reflections on his pontificate and his prayers for the Church moving forward.
In what was a thoroughly profound address, Benedict reassured the Church that Christ does and will continue to care for His “barque”.
When, almost eight years ago, on April 19th, , I agreed to take on the Petrine ministry, I held steadfast in this certainty, which has always accompanied me. In that moment, as I have already stated several times, the words that resounded in my heart were: “Lord, what do you ask of me? It a great weight that You place on my shoulders, but, if You ask me, at your word I will throw out the nets, sure that you will guide me” – and the Lord really has guided me.
He has been close to me: daily could I feel His presence. [These years] have been a stretch of the Church’s pilgrim way, which has seen moments joy and light, but also difficult moments. I have felt like St. Peter with the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee: the Lord has given us many days of sunshine and gentle breeze, days in which the catch has been abundant; [then] there have been times when the seas were rough and the wind against us, as in the whole history of the Church it has ever been – and the Lord seemed to sleep. Nevertheless, I always knew that the Lord is in the barque, that the barque of the Church is not mine, not ours, but His – and He shall not let her sink. It is He, who steers her: to be sure, he does so also through men of His choosing, for He desired that it be so.
This was and is a certainty that nothing can tarnish. It is for this reason, that today my heart is filled with gratitude to God, for never did He leave me or the Church without His consolation, His light, His love.
Read the address in full, with commentary, courtesy of Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia.
Please join Catholics United for the Faith in praying not only for the Church and her future Pontiff, but also in thanksgiving for the unrepeatable gift of Pope Benedict XVI. May the Lord continue to strengthen and guide him as he retires to a life of prayer and contemplation.
By CUF Staff | February 19, 2013
The folks over at Vatican Insider have put together a charming animated series to explain different aspects of a conclave and some of the traditions surrounding a papal election. We have a few more weeks until a new Holy Father is elected, so in the meantime, why not check out the presentation here?
By CUF Staff | February 15, 2013
Beginning March 11 the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction blog will host a 5-week book club on Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey the God (including webinars with author Dan Burke).
Navigating the Interior Life discusses the practice of Spiritual Direction within the tradition of the Catholic Church and the different stages of spiritual growth. No matter where you are in your spiritual life, Navigating the Interior Life is bound to be helpful–and particularly useful during the season of Lent.
The book club will likely address the key questions outlined in the book: What is spiritual direction and my spiritual direction? What are my “blind spots” and how can I uncover them? What keeps me from all the spiritual riches Christ has for me? How can I better understand where I am in my spiritual progress?