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Why Human Suffering?

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Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion, and Human Suffering   One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is its willingness to ask tough questions in pursuit of the truth. Popes, theologians, and saints have never been afraid to ask the hard questions about human suffering. The tradition of the Church is full of people pursuing answers to the hardest questions about the meaning of life,... Read More

Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience

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Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience Religious orders take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. But did you know that the laity can live out these virtues in their own way? In fact, living out the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience can be a great way to grow in holiness. The evangelical counsels are proposed by the Church as means by which we may avail ourselves to a conversation... Read More

Experiencing God: The History of Catholic Spirituality

Experiencing God: The History of Catholic Spirituality   Apply for the School of Spiritual Formation at the Avila Institute to take courses such as today's featured course: “Experiencing God: The History of Catholic Spirituality”. This summer at the Avila Institute, Professor Patrick Linbeck is teaching a new course in the School of Spiritual Formation titled “Experiencing God: The... Read More

4 Ways to Discern the Voice of God

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Do you want to be set free? When he is teaching on Discernment of Spirits, Dan Burke often says that “not all of the voices in your head are from you, and you don’t have to listen to them.” Find out how to learn more about discerning the voice of God via this post, and be sure to register for our upcoming webinar (mini-course) on Discernment of Spirits on June 7th at 8:30 pm Eastern! “If... Read More

What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology?

The Avila Institute helps the faithful grow in the interior life through the School of Spiritual Formation. For those who want to go deeper, we offer another program: The Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology. This article explores the answer to the question: what is the graduate program? You can apply today. What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology?   What is the Graduate Program in... Read More

Evangelization and the Interior Life

Evangelization and the Interior Life   The Avila Institute offers courses in spiritual formation for the faithful from all sorts of different backgrounds. We aim to instruct the faithful in the rich mystical tradition of the Church so that they may grow closer to Jesus Christ, the source of their salvation, and share Him with others. An upcoming course on evangelization and the interior life... Read More

Growing in Prayer

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec, Prayer

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Growing in Prayer   Growing in prayer is one of the most important things we can do in our spiritual lives. In fact, our entire spiritual life is dependent on the state of our prayer life, the foundation of our relationship with God. The Avila Institute provides a place for the faithful to make progress in the spiritual life by taking courses designed to help bring their minds and hearts closer... Read More

Spiritual Discipline of Detachment

The Avila Institute helps students grow in their own personal spiritual journey while also equipping them with knowledge about the faith. The great thing about the Institute is that it helps students to grow in their prayer lives and spiritual discipline. Each class is prayerful with plenty of material for students to reflect on outside of class. Many students finish the class having grown in virtue... Read More

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church The upcoming Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a course on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church taught by Dr. Ben Nguyen. You can sign up for this course by applying for the School of Spiritual Formation.   For many, the Holy Spirit is the most difficult Person of the Trinity to understand. God as Father is revealed by one of our... Read More

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple   The School of Spiritual Formation for the Spring Quarter of the Avila Institute will be under way soon. The Avila Institute offers courses to help you in your spiritual formation such as the upcoming course on Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple. The deadline to apply for the spring is Ash Wednesday, March 1st. “Without me, you can do... Read More

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