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Make Known the Mercies of God

Make Known the Mercies of God In the name of the Father, Christ sends His disciples into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to make known the mercies of God. The humble movement of God’s heart reaching out to ours, extending even into the deepest recesses of our misery, ought to evoke our love and gratitude. Those who come to realize what Christ suffered for their sakes yearn to give a return.... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one’s daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance... Read More

How God Works with Our Humanity to Bring About Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: When faced with difficulty choosing her vocation, Celine leans on the wisdom of her sister, St. Thérèse, to help discern God’s will in her life. Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how God works with our humanity to bring about holiness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does this letter tell us about St. Thérèse? Is St. Thérèse suggesting that once Celine conforms... Read More

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge     In mystical contemplation, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding move the soul in delightful ways that it does not understand. Divine light and warmth enkindle the depths of the soul and completely captivate the mind. Reason does not lead the way but is led to silent surrender with great spiritual fruitfulness. Here, the limits... Read More

Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

For Post on Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities You may have heard of the School of Spiritual Formation, where students at the Avila Institute can take courses on special topics to help them grow in the spiritual life. The Avila Institute also has a graduate-level program for those who want to study at a higher academic level. Today’s post highlights a course from the program taught by Dr. Anthony... Read More

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us Like God With the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of supernatural grace makes one’s whole existence holy. This doctrine of deification, or divinization, involves a true sharing in God’s life that does not diminish our created dignity but raises our freedom above its natural capacities. To be assimilated into the life of God in a way that perfects our humanity,... Read More

Pilgrimage to Spain: A Few More Spots Available

April 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Doctors of the Church, Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Spain in November of 2017   I have no doubt this will be an extraordinary trip not only because of the location and the significance of what we will see and experience but also because of the exceptional group of people who will be joining us. We will have pilgrims from Australia, Ireland, Singapore, the United States, and I believe Canada as well. I am humbled by the opportunity... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who... Read More

Pilgrimage of a Lifetime to Carmelite Spain

Pilgrimage Video   In this video, I discuss what I have been calling a “Dream Pilgrimage” to Spain to see the land of Sts. Teresa of Avila, John of Avila, John of the Cross, and Peter of Alcántara. The trip will be November 16th to 25th, 2017 and there are still spots available. I am excited to have the opportunity to invite you to come on this incredible pilgrimage of a lifetime... Read More

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind

Prayer is Not an Emptying of the Mind   Some argue that since God already knows our deepest needs, sharing these with Him is redundant. Instead of humble petition, some teachers suggest emptying the mind of everything. As rationality is abandoned, they propose that the mind can evolve beyond limiting structures. For them, catechesis and the teaching of the Church are a helpful stepping-stone,... Read More

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