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Having a Rule of Life: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 20 reflections

Having a Rule of Life 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 20 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   Listen to reflections on letters from St. Teresa of Avila found in Dan Burke's book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. In today's show, Dan and Melissa answer the questions: What is a rule of life? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Topics/Questions covered in the show: Motivation vs. structure when making a plan for loving God. How... Read More

The Life of Love

The Life of Love Presence of God – Grant, O Lord, that even while I am here on earth, I may love You as I shall love You in heaven. MEDITATION If it may be said that by faith “eternal life begins in us” (St. Thomas, Summa, IIa IIae, q.4, a.1, co.), the same may be said–and with greater reason–of charity, which will remain unchanged even in heaven. Eternal life will be essentially a life of love, of love which has... Read More

Having a Holy Community – Day 6, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about being a holy community? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. XLVIII Convent of the Incarnation, Avila* To Father Ordoñez, S.J., Medina Del Campo Concerning the foundation at Medina by Elena de Quiroga of a girls’ school connected with the nuns, and the entrance of her daughter Gerónima into the convent. JESUS! May the grace of the... Read More

Augustine on the Power of Christian Brotherhood

The Confessions of St. Augustine (Week 10 of 15) In today's reading, we get a taste of Augustine's philosophical bent. I didn't dig out my husband's philosophy book from a few years back when he was working on his undergrad degree, but I'll bet the excerpts in it were from this section. I used to like this sort of thing. It's deep thinking. It takes mind muscle. But, to be honest, I found myself struggling along for quite a bit.... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don't need stuff like that to have a relationship with God.  What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway?  Please help.  I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for learning to love God with our whole... Read More

Avila Institute Offers a “Journey of Growth”

Fr José Bautista - SpiritualDirection.com

We have a number of priests who attend the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Today, I’m humbled to share the story that Fr. José Bautista shared with us of the journey of growth he has experienced thanks to Avila. Fr José Bautista Fr. Bautista is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Kissimmee, Florida. He’s originally from the country of Columbia and was ordained in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, in 1991. He... Read More

Away with Spiritual Envy!

July 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Envy, Humility, Trust in God

Away with spiritual envy! It's so easy to be influenced by the attitudes of the culture. We fight against a utilitarian attitude when we fight assisted suicide and euthanasia. We know that being is more important than doing. Yet, in our own lives, we often feel unworthy when we see all our weaknesses. Spiritual envy and despair are twin sisters. One says, “It's not fair! I don't have the graces that God gave someone else!... Read More

Leadership & Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 19 reflections

Leadership and Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 19 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio   St. Teresa of Avila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) gives insights into effective leadership techniques of leadership and prayer. Dan and Melissa reflect on letters from St. Teresa of Avila from Dan Burke's book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Day 19. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Teresa of Avila returns to the Convent... Read More

St Teresa on Difficulties in Life – Day 3, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about difficulties in life? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. XIX Toledo, March 1569* To Doña María de Mendoza Letter of condolence. The foundation at Toledo. JESUS! May the Holy Spirit be with you! I have made this journey with a very heavy heart, for I deeply regretted leaving Valladolid after receiving a letter from his Lordship the... Read More

The Motive for Hope

The Motive for Hope   Presence of God – Make me understand well, O Lord, that my hope must be founded on You, on Your infinite merciful love. MEDITATION If we had to base our hope on our own merits and on the amount of grace we possess, it would be very insecure, because we cannot be certain that we are in the state of grace, nor can we be certain about our good works which are always so full of defects. But our hope is... Read More

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