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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

God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer

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God’s Mysterious Absence in Deep Prayer Contemplation does not shield us from doubt or suffering. Christian prayer baptizes our doubts and difficulties, trials and tests in faith. Violently opposing forces, faith confronts doubt in prayer even in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux lived a life of intense prayer and friendship with the Lord. In the last weeks of... Read More

Following the Star

January 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Epiphany, Solemnity

Following the Star   Epiphany is a celebration of the manifestation of the Lord to the whole world.  Pope St. Leo says it is the day that Abraham saw and longed to see.  This celebration includes the mystery of a radiant star whose mysterious light draws pilgrims from afar. It is a light that shows, discloses and reveals where those who seek the Lord might find him. The radiant splendor of... Read More

St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride

March 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Humility, Lent, Pride

 St Bernard’s Vision of Humility and Pride We waste a lot of time thinking something is owed us. We brood over injury. We are not self-contained. Lent helps us remember the real truth about ourselves and our situation. The wisdom of the saints, like St. Bernard, helps us see our actual situation. His teachings suggest we can be free of brooding and find a new kind of self-possession when we... Read More

Giving up on Prayer – Day 11, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about giving up on prayer? Find out in today’s excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIV Segovia, July 3, 1574* To Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca The Saint rejects a title of honor. The foundation at Segovia. Trials of prayer. Father Pedro Hernandez. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with your Lordship! I declare that... Read More

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