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Freedom in Christ: Practicing Discernment of Spirits

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ To learn more about Discernment of Spirits and the life of freedom in Christ, sign up for our upcoming webinar (online mini-course) on Saturday, February 18th. Living in Freedom through Discernment of Spirits What chains or addictions are holding you back? We all have our own addictions, our own struggles that we can never seem to shake and keep us from living a life of freedom... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Need a last minute Christmas gift for a loved one? Consider giving them a gift that could change their life forever by giving them a gift of enrollment in the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. We have extended the application deadline to December 28th for the Winter Session. Apply here.   Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise,... Read More

Ignatian Spirituality Series

Ignatian Spirituality Series Dear Friends, Although our site heavily favors Carmelite spirituality, this is not to say that Ignatian spirituality is to be discounted.  In fact, the Discernment of Spirits, which Saint Ignatius of Loyola — the founder of the Jesuits — developed, is an excellent tool for discernment, spiritual direction, and other such endeavors. Ignatian spirituality is... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 13 “False Quiet”

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius’ thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting... Read More

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer   Description: How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages

Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Discernment of Spirits have impacted their personal voyages. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa. Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 10 “Preparing for Spiritual Desolation”

Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa explore what it means to prepare oneself for spiritual desolation and to place one’s confidence in God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 10: “The tenth: Let him who is in consolation think how he will be in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for then.” When in consolation,... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 9 “Aridity vs Desolation”

Description: On today’s show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius’ “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Overview and Lectio Divina Guide

Discernment of Spirits Overview … and a Guide to Lectio Divina Divine Intimacy Radio Show and Podcast June 24, 2016   Description of the show: In this week’s broadcast, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson do an overview of the discernment of spirits.  In their discussion, they examine the characteristics of God working in the soul versus the characteristics of Satan attacking the soul.... Read More

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