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Professor Highlight: Clare McGrath-Merkle

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Professor Highlight Clare McGrath-Merkle - SpiritualDirection.com

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Clare McGrath-Merkle, one of our newest professors at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Clare is a cradle Catholic who left the faith to explore New Age spiritualities and “healing” techniques in the mid-1980s. She returned to the faith in 1994. She has spoken and written in the past about the dangers of the New... Read More

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Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer (Part II of III)

Teresa of Avila on Silence in Prayer Part II of III In part I of this series, I spoke about some ways that Centering Prayer and yoga propose sitting silently as a form of meditation or contemplation. Today I want to focus on St. Teresa of Avila’s... Read More

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about the connection between peace of body and peace of soul? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIII Segovia, June, 1574* To the Most Illustrious Señor... Read More

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Peace of Body Isn’t Optional – Day 10, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about the connection between peace of body and peace of soul? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30... Read More

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Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part IV of IV)

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part IV of IV) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we saw how faith is a response to revelation, how it penetrates... Read More

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Discernment of Spirits – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 24

How can we determine if our crosses are the work of God or the work of the enemy? Dan and Melissa discuss St. Teresa’s spiritual advice to a friend in a letter... Read More

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