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Keep Your New Year's Resolutions -- Getting a Spiritual Director is a Key to Success

Contact: Gail Coniglio, 954-554-3967, gail@teresatomeo.com

ST CLAIR SHORES, Mich., Jan. 8, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- By the second week in January, most New Year's resolutions have gone by the wayside. Resolutions affect our well-being, but spiritual goals affect our eternal life. For Catholics, resolutions should be ongoing to overcome sin. Getting to the root of sin and then having a spiritual director to keep us on track can make all the difference.

Dan Burke, Executive Director for EWTN's National Catholic Register and founder of the blog, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction, has a new book, "Navigating the Interior Life, Spiritual Direction And the Journey to God," which contends the fail of resolutions are due to sin patterns. "Spiritual direction helps to identify those struggles that constantly recur and hinder progress," he says. "One of the most clarifying lenses through which we can evaluate this is through the seven capital sins. This clarity is the starting point to identify how we can resist vices that stand in opposition to the virtues we desire."

Burke recommends finding a good spiritual director rather than trying the self-help approach. "An age old secret to keeping commitments is accountability," he says. "The best way to pursue healthy accountability is through someone you trust to have the best interest of your soul at heart as you seek to deepen your faith."

Steve Splonskowski, a father of seven who works in Catholic radio, has received spiritual direction for twenty years. "It helps me discern where God is leading me not just spiritually, but professionally and personally and it's good to have someone challenge me to try harder." Steve says it even improves his marriage. "My wife and I share the same director so he leads us to grow closer to each other and to God."

"We spend so much time concentrating on our physical selves, when our SOULS are the most important thing," says Shellie Rusche, nurse and mother of six. "Spiritual direction helps me keep my priorities straight."

Travis Schweitzer, father of six and owner of a construction company, confirms this. "A spiritual director can help you find spiritual wounds and parts of your past that you might not even realize are affecting you," he says. "It has helped me to discover where I am the weakest and then put those wounds at the feet of Jesus and trust in Him."

Dan Burke is available for interviews to discuss this topic. To schedule an interview, contact Gail Coniglio: (954) 554-3967 or gail@teresatomeo.com.