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Answering the Call of Ex Corde Ecclesiae

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Classes, Dylan Jedlovec

Answering the Call of Ex Corde Ecclesiae In 1990, Pope Saint John Paul II issued the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae on the role of Catholic educational institutions in the life of the Church. He says that “It is the honor and responsibility of a Catholic University to consecrate itself without reserve to the cause of truth.” The Avila Institute seeks to answer his call through providing an education in spiritual... Read More

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Original Sin, Confederate Flags, and the Politics of Social Reform Seeds of the Word (Week 5 of 11) The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own, through our political, economic, military, or cultural efforts. When we try to eliminate conflict and sin through social reform, we inevitably make matters worse. As Pascal said long ago, “He who would turn himself... Read More

Jesus and Mankind

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, God's Love

Jesus and Mankind   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to love others as You love them. MEDITATION The sacred soul of Jesus always remains in closest union with the Blessed Trinity and therefore in the most profound contemplation, yet He is ever mindful of the needs of mankind. It was for men that Jesus came—to save them and bring them to the Father; and He gives Himself to them with the utmost solicitude and abandon.... Read More

Experiencing Joy in Suffering for Love of Christ

January 27, 2017 by  
Filed under 30 Days T Lisieux, Anthony Lilles, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Show Notes

Experiencing Joy in Suffering for Love of Christ   Description: This week Dan and Dr. Lilles delve into the mystery of experiencing joy in suffering for love of Christ, as seen through the eyes of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as “The Little Flower”. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Was the oblation written at the pinnacle of her spiritual journey? What does she mean by the “crucible of... Read More

The Biblical Worldview of the Saints

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec, Spiritual Theology

The Biblical Worldview of the Saints: The Key to Spiritual Growth   The Avila Institute provides a great opportunity to be transformed by the biblical worldview of the saints. Ranging from personal enrichment to graduate-level, the Avila Institute has courses for students of all levels and educational background. The deadline to apply for the Spring Quarter of the Graduate Program is February 15th. At the Avila Foundation,... Read More

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Abyss of Love

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Abyss of Love   Every contemplative life is founded upon the total self-donation to God in order to love Him above every other thing, with the hope of feeling oneself loved by Him with a profound and transforming love. Elizabeth Catez was one of these contemplatives. In words borrowed from John of the Cross, she wanted to make her life a lively and enthusiastic effort to arrive at the highest... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Growth, Videos

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor's Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who were thrown in... Read More

Finding Jesus in Superhero Movies

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 4 of 11) Confession: I'm a fan of superhero movies. It's my husband's fault. He introduced me to Iron Man and we've made date nights again and again as new movies have been released. While we mostly stay with the Marvel universe (cleaner and interwoven so delightfully), I can't help but notice how these suited men trying to save the world from evil have a lot in common with some other men I love.   In... Read More

“I Am the Way”

January 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations

“I Am the Way”   Presence of God – O Jesus, my beloved Master, take my hand and lead me to the Father: You alone are the way of salvation and sanctity. MEDITATION Jesus is not only the Master who teaches us how to attain to the perfection of His heavenly Father, but He is also the living model of that perfection. Men, on the other hand, are by their very nature so limited and imperfect that they can never serve... Read More

God’s Little Victim – Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the meaning of being “God's little victim” and the idea of consoling God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why can't St. Thérèse receive Holy Communion often? What does St. Thérèse mean by being a “little victim”? Does this imply self-pity? Why does she compare herself to a tabernacle? Does God need to be consoled? How can... Read More

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