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How Do You Live a Virtuous Life?

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Throughout Holy Scriptures and the teachings of the Church, we are exhorted to “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” and to live righteous lives characterized by holiness, faith, and virtue.  But what does that mean?

In “Living the Virtuous Life,” a Spring Quarter class in the School of Spiritual Formation of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, we will explore this exhortation from several standpoints.

First, we will review the biblical and catechetical exhortation, followed by a review of the nature and meaning of virtue through the initial 1,500 years of Church history. This will be followed by a deeper look at the Christian view of virtues, both historically and theologically.

We will then continue with a more substantive study of the “telos” or goal of the virtues in our lives and their place in our spiritual pilgrimage and salvation as we seek to be like Jesus. The remainder of the class will focus on personal application by asking ourselves how we are to be virtuous, why we ought to be virtuous and why living a virtuous life is so central to our salvation.

The primary text for this course will be Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God, by Fr. Romano Guardini

The registration deadline for Spring Quarter courses is in a few weeks: February 10! For more information on any of our programs, please contact me at or visit

Spring 2015 Course Listing:

  • Introduction to Spiritual Theology (Graduate Program)
  • The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer (Graduate Program)
  • Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities (Graduate Program)
  • Spiritual Warfare in Modern Times – CS Lewis and the Screwtape Letters (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Living the Virtuous Life (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Evangelization and the Spiritual Life (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Angels and Demons (School of Spiritual Formation)

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About Nicole Garcia

Nicole Garcia is an Admissions Counselor for the Avila Institute. She is excited to speak with anyone who is interested in learning more about the Avila Institute. All those discerning the Avila Institute are in her prayers. Know that if you feel even a tiny pull or interest, Nicole hopes to hear from you! To learn more about the School of Spiritual Formation or the Graduate Program at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, please contact Nicole at or 520-429-4524.

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