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Lives Being Changed Impacts Avila Institute Co-Founder


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Recently, we asked Dr. Anthony Lilles, co-founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, what the biggest reward he experiences as co-founder, professor, and support of the Institute. He responded, Lives are being changed in ways I did not expect.  Some students share how they have encountered the Lord in beautiful and profound ways, and that as a result, they... Read More


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Unraveling Yoga Madness

Dan and Melissa discuss concerns and questions that surfaced in response to last week’s episode where we explored several approaches and beliefs about Yoga along with recommended resources. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Clarification... Read More

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Demon Possessed Through Yoga? – Divine Intimacy Radio

A caller asked about the practice of yoga and it’s link to potential demonic activity. Dan and Melissa discuss a Catholic perspective on yoga, including the opinions of an exorcist and theologians. They also provide suggestions on alternatives... Read More


Dwelling of Jesus on the Altars

ON THE LOVING DWELLING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE ALTARS OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT “Come to me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28 Having to depart from this world after he had completed the... Read More

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Aridity or Dryness

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The Night of the Spirit

The Night of the Spirit Presence of God – Pour forth, O Lord, into my soul greater love and greater courage, that I may willingly accept Your purifying action. MEDITATION The... Read More


Frustrated with my prayer life – I am stuck!

Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel a profound frustration with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love... Read More

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Spiritual Warfare

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Can Demons Repent?

Dear Father John, I understand that demons hate God, but they also suffer from being separated from Him. Is it possible that a demon could repent, and accept God... Read More


Delusions the Devil Suggests to Sinners

THE DELUSIONS WHICH THE DEVIL SUGGESTS TO SINNERS Let us imagine a young man who has fallen into grievous sins, which he has already confessed, and who is restored... Read More

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Forming Our Emotions (Part I of II)

Dear Father John, My reactions to things seem out of control. For example,... Read More


Carrying Out Works of Mercy

CARRYING OUT WORKS OF MERCY Dear Fr. John, Sometimes, when I set out to... Read More


Jesus is Asking You… (Part IV of IV)

Jesus Is Asking You… (Part IV of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or... Read More


Jesus is Asking You… (Part III of IV)

Jesus Is Asking You… (Part III of IV) Either He Rose From the Dead…Or... Read More

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Book Club

Announcing our New Book: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 1 of 6) Please join us for a brief but profound... Read More

Purity – the Key to a Healthy Nation?

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 12 of 12) Only the combination of the intemperateness... Read More

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