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The Benefits of Spiritual Formation from the Avila Institute – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the benefits of spiritual formation from the Avila Institute on the soul.The Benefits of Spiritual Formation from the Avila Institute

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is the Avila Institute?
  • What courses are coming up this Fall?
  • What is spiritual theology?
  • What impact does the Avila Institute have on the prayer lives of the students?
  • How does the international reach of the Avila Institute affect the students?
  • How can holy conversations enhance one's prayer life?
  • Should Catholics try to develop a personal relationship with Jesus?


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom.

Twice a week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching. On Tuesdays, they interview various authors about their spiritual books and about the authors’ own insights on those books.  On Fridays, they get specific on subjects which, primarily include prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Judy Silhan

    Dan and Dr. Lilles, as you spoke of students lives being transformed as they delve more deeply into the truths of our faith, along with the Saints and doctors of the Church, I was again reminded of my own personal transformation. As a senior adult seeking a relationship with Christ, having no knowledge of the spiritual life, and having not been involved in any type of classroom environment since my early twenties, I became a student at the Avila Institute nearly four years ago. Dr. Lilles, you were my first professor at Avila, and of a graduate class, no less. As I had gone no further than junior college, I was, at first, intimidated by how theologically advanced the students seemed to be, compared to myself. I will never forget your kind words of wisdom and encouragement to continue and persevere the best I could.

    Dan, you were my second instructor at Avila, and your course, Navigating the Interior Life, proved to be the beginning of my beautiful, transforming, relationship with Jesus. Since this class, nearly four years ago, the miracles and blessings that have occurred in my life have been astounding, and too numerous for this post; but I would like to let others know that over the over the course of these past years, I learned to say Yes to Jesus.

    Saying Yes to Jesus, trusting in Him, resulted in a 68 year old senior leaving everything she knew, pulling up stakes, so to speak, including children, to move clear across the country, from CA to AL, to serve Him and deepen my relationship with Him.

    So much more could be said; but I would just like to tell anyone who is reading this, no matter what your age, the degrees you have attained, if you do not have a prayer life, an intimate relationship with our Lord, living in this current culture of death today, can seem quite overwhelming, and fruitless, as it was for me when I first became a student, someone knowing nothing of prayer, the Real Presence, and who had even tried taking their life.

    Thank you Dr. Lilles and Dan for an awesome broadcast and for being such an awesome part of my transformation.

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