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Intimacy and Evangelizing — A Heart for Evangelizing


Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Avila Professor, and Dan Burke (who also teaches at the Avila Institute!) Editor’s Note: Dan Burke says that Dr. Joseph Hollcraft “reveals that the advance of the Kingdom of God must begin first within our own hearts and then extend to those around us. Without this inner work of conversion and union with God, our efforts will yield far less than we would desire.”... Read More

Should I Focus on Jesus and Disengage from the World?


Should I Focus on Jesus and Disengage from the World?   Dear Father John, Because I am called to the Christian life, shouldn’t I focus my life around Jesus and disengage myself with the world?   There Is Work to Do IN THE EARLY Church, some fresh Christian converts had the wrong idea of how Christ’s followers were supposed to behave in this world. They focused so much on Jesus’s... Read More

What is Mercy? – Mercy Mission (Part I of III)

April 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Mercy, Prayer, Spiritual Direction, Videos


What is Mercy? Mercy Mission (Part I of III) Father Michael Najim preached this “Mercy Mission” in March prior to Holy Week over the course of three days.  And, he has graciously shared it with us in order that we might share it with you. Today, we will bring you the first part of the “Mercy Mission”.  It will be followed in the next two days with part two and part three. For... Read More

Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move – Jubilee Year of Mercy!


Aggressive Tenderness: Mercy on the Move! Jubilee Year of Mercy   For several weeks, I have been pondering an unusual little phrase that I came across in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ [Evangelii Gaudium]. The words just jumped off the page. He writes, “Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne... Read More

Hosting “The Future of Christianity?” in Aspen

July 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke


As Fr. Hilton has been cycling across the United States this summer, we’ve been posting his updates and sharing his progress. Underlying his enormous efforts have been our efforts to bring the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation to Aspen. In August, we’re honored to be part of the inaugural event, “The Future of Christianity?” We expect it to be lively and engaging for... Read More

Christ the Good Shepherd – Mysticism & Magisterium Pt 4


Christ, the Good Shepherd Mysticism and Magisterium Part IV In the Church of the first four centuries, the most common artistic representation of Christ was that of the Good Shepherd. By reflecting on the historical significance of this image we might come to a better understanding of the pastoral authority of the Church. Found especially in the catacombs of Rome, the Good Shepherd was not a portrait... Read More

Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Joy, Prayer, Silence

Joy in St Peters Square copy

The Joy of the Gospel The Joy of the Gospel!  Father Michael Najim discusses Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudiem. He highlights paragraph three of the document, in which the Pope invites all Christians everywhere to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or openness to letting Him encounter them, each day because it is in the encounter with Christ that we experience... Read More

Spiritual Direction and Evangelization

November 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Direction


Spiritual Direction and Evangelization In the Holy Father’s latest Apostolic Exhortation “Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium) he takes time to remind us of spiritual accompaniment as a key part of evangelization (see paragraphs number 169 to 172). Pope Francis begins by noting the paradox of modern culture: on the one hand, people suffer from anonymity, and on the other, a morbid... Read More

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