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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. 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... Read More

A Kneeling Theology

A Kneeling Theology In order to be a compelling force in social renewal, theological wisdom needs the animating power of mystical wisdom. The study of theology needs to be imbued with a deeper contemplation of the Word made flesh. Some presume that recourse to prayer in the context of theological study is anti-intellectual, a flight into fantasy, or even an escape into the merely affective. Such prejudice... Read More

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 is behind... 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 Lilles:... 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

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