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Why Take a Course When I Can Read the Book Myself?

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Why take a course, spending your money and time on taking a course through the Avila Institute, when you can just read the books for yourself?

We understand why you would ask.

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Here’s a top five list we’ve put together after talking with a few students:

5. The chance to interact with top-notch professors.

Our professors have studied the material extensively. They are not only experts in their fields, but they are, more importantly, living that which they are teaching. There are things you learn when you interact with other people, and when those people are these sorts of professors, you only stand to benefit.

4. The other students.

The Avila Institute is filled with like-minded students who have a wide range of experience. It’s not easy to find people who are interested in this material apart from somewhere like Avila. In addition, the more faithful spiritual people you surround yourself with, the better.

3. We don’t know what we don’t know.

There’s plenty of information in all of the texts our professors use, especially the Bible and Catechism, which form the foundations for every class. We need someone who has more experience or expertise to help us learn what we don’t even know is out there. When we rely only on self-study, we can get tunnel vision and find ourselves limited.

2. Context is everything.

When you read books through a course at Avila, you will interact with professors and other students, but you’ll also be able to go back and reread the books and texts through the lens and context of what you have already learned.

1. You will grow closer to God in a personal relationship.

We’ve heard it from many students in all walks of life: the courses we offer don’t just change lives, they also transform souls.


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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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  • Patricia

    Some things are “caught”, rather than directly “taught”! A variety of perspectives and experiences stimulates our thoughts and the chance to interact with others in the Forum answers questions that come to mind, allows for thoughts about the what the professor has said to be shared and discussed with others who also love living the spiritual life. We see the common desire for God in others no matter what county they live in, what they have experienced in their life, or what their hopes and stumbling blocks are and we have the opportunity to enrich each other’s lives and grow in our love for God and compassion for others.

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