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A Mystical Encounter with God

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Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived... Read More

Revolutionize your Prayer Life

October 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Resources

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Dear Friends,  Our founder, Dan Burke, has developed a course on prayer and authentic mystical tradition that continues to change lives and draw the hearts of his students more deeply into union with God. Students regularly report that this course has dramatically elevated their understanding and practice of prayer. The Course is called Foundations of Prayer and Union with God. Here is a brief video... Read More

Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever (Mysticism and Magisterium: II/VI)

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Editor’s Note: This is Part II of the Mysticism and Magisterium Series. You can find Part I here. Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus Christ is the Lord of history because His is the last say. The Last Judgment is also the last word. But our Savior is Lord of history also for another reason. Christ is present in the world and particularly in the Church at every historical moment through... Read More

Mysticism and Magisterium Series

July 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Geiger, Magisterium, Mysticism

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Mysticism and Magisterium Series Mysticism and Magisterium Series: You can find Father Angelo Geiger’s “Mysticism and Magisterium” Series posts here by clicking on the title: Inscription on Saint John Lateran Archbasilica: “The Mother and Head of all Churches, in the City and of the World” — Mysticism and Magisterium Series Part I of VI: Thinking with the Church Part... Read More

Thinking with the Church – Mysticism and Magisterium (I/VI)

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Editor’s Note: Today, we are honored to introduce to you Father Angelo Geiger, who has written extensively on Marian theology and spirituality, and has been published in such publications as “Inside the Vatican” and “Catholic World Report” (online).  We are particularly pleased to note that he is our first writer out of the Franciscan tradition. We are blessed he has... Read More

Christian Prayer

May 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Grace, Prayer

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Christian prayer is a true conversation with God. This holy dialogue is based on a real relationship between the Giver of all good gifts and the one who offers sacrifice, between the Protector and the one who seeks His will. Both the similarity and difference of the human person to God together create the boundaries for this relationship. Above the horizon of creation, the Creator draws His work to... Read More

Mysticism – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mystical Experience, Spiritual Dictionary

MYSTICISM: The supernatural state of soul in which God is known in a way that no human effort or exertion could ever succeed in producing. There is an immediate, personal experience of God that is truly extraordinary, not only in intensity and degree, but in kind.  It is always the result of a special, totally unmerited grace of God.  Christian mysticism differs essentially from the non-Christian... Read More

Theology and Contemplative Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer and Theology Contemplation needs scientific theology and theologians need contemplation.  Historically, contemplatives who have presumed otherwise unwittingly submitted themselves and those they influenced to all kinds of demeaning irrationality. At the same time, whenever theologians believe they can conduct their investigations without prayer, their body of scholarship becomes... Read More

Spiritual Liberty in the Night

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In order to secure our true liberty, even while we were enslaved to sin, Christ suffered the night of death and ransomed us by His blood. This is why the Lord respects human freedom, even when it is the source of great sorrow. Aware of our frailty, God does not overpower our freedom but delights to work through it in a very gentle and beautiful way. As a result, it is easy to frustrate His work... Read More

Set aside meditation & vocal prayer for deeper spiritual life?

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Deeper Spiritual Life? Dear Dan, I have a rule of life (firm spiritual commitments) and as part of that rule I have been meditating (Ignatian) and praying the rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours daily for years now. My struggle is that I have heard that if I sense the Lord’s presence (which does happen), that I should set these prayers aside and focus on the Lord. I am confused, I thought that focusing... Read More

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