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The Spiritual Direction Series is a collaboration between Sophia Institute Press and All of the books listed here have been edited by or personally recommended by Dan Burke:

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A Devotional Journey into the Mass

A Devotional Journey into the Mass by Christopher Carstens

If you’re unhappy because the Mass has become for you routine – or even boring and tedious – these pages are for you. They teach you eight simple ways to make your every Mass a joyful time of piety and intense devotion.

Explaining the spiritual meanings behind the signs and symbols, words and actions of the Mass, author Christopher Carstens shows you how to turn each Eucharistic Celebration into a fountain of peace for you, a profound refreshment for your soul.

Elizabeth of the Trintiy

Elizabeth of the Trinity by Sr. Giovanna Della Croce

Available in English for the first time, this short book is a powerful introduction to the spiritual wisdom of one of the Church’s newest saints: Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Elizabeth of the Trinity presented a message to modern man through her own life of fidelity, showing us that the true road to contemplative prayer is not an ascent to grasp God, but a descent into the depths of one’s heart.

How to Read Your Way to Heaven

How to Read Your Way to Heaven by Vicki Burbach

Designed for individual or group settings, How to Read Your Way to Heaven will guide your quest to delve deeper into a relationship with Christ by meditating on the written word while organizing your reading around the four pillars of the Catholic Faith — the Creed, the sacraments, morality, and prayer. How to Read Your Way to Heaven is not merely another book to read. It is designed to be an invaluable tool for guiding and organizing your reading to help you on your journey to become a saint. 

Fire from Above

Fire From Above by Anthony Lilles

In Fire From Above, Dr. Anthony Lilles, Academic Dean at St. John’s Seminary in California, shows you how to put your whole life in conversation with the Risen Lord within the Catholic tradition of spirituality. The wisdom of great saints and mystics will help you discover how to surrender your pride and appeal to God with humble trust, and how prayer addresses your deepest human needs.

The Better Part

The Better Part by Fr. John Bartunek

Father John Bartunek has created an extensive Christ-centered resource to serve as a daily meditation companion. The Better Part is meant to be a catalyst to personalize your times of prayer and meditation, enabling you to follow the Holy Spirit's lead more readily.

Catholic Mindfulness

The Catholic Guide to Mindfulness by Susan Brinkmann

What exactly is this practice of mindfulness? Where does it come from and how did it become so popular, so fast? And what about all the media hype surrounding its much-publicized effectiveness for our mental health and well-being? Even more important, is this practice compatible with Catholicism?
A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness attempts to answer these questions in a concise but compelling exploration of one of the most intriguing psycho-spiritual movements of our time.