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Following the Star

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

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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

Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?

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Who is Blessed Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus?   In 2016, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity was canonized. It was truly a great grace for the Church and much was made of her being raised to the altars.  Almost unnoticed, outside of Carmelite circles, was the beatification on November 19, 2016 of Pere Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus, born Henri Grialou in Le Gua, a little town in the mining region... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology?

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The Avila Institute, in addition to the School of Spiritual Formation, offers a Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology. This Spring we are offering three courses for new students: Bible and the Revelation of Prayer, Wisdom of the Saints from Athanasius to Bernard, and Mystery of Mary and Her Role in the Spiritual Life. The Spring Quarter begins February 22nd, and you can apply here.   7 Reasons... Read More

Apostolic Action

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Apostolic Action   Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus, in order to learn from Him, the first Apostle, the Apostle par excellence, the qualities I need to make my activity of real value to souls. MEDITATION During the three years of His public life, Jesus carried out an exterior apostolate on a large scale, but His activity was never separated from His intimate union with... Read More

A Personal Prayer Journey – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week Dan and Melissa delve deeper into a personal prayer journey (Melissa’s) and address some of the difficulties that have occurred along the way. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Is reading Scripture necessary for a strong prayer life? Renewal in the Church begins interiorly and peacefully. How can we “pray without ceasing” as the Church Fathers suggest? Is... Read More

Prayer with the Saints – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the importance of prayer with the saints as well as examine the meaning behind Jesus’ words about a rich man entering heaven. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What should we do if we can’t relate to any particular saint? The saints were not perfect from birth. Their lives reveal that no matter what circumstances and difficulties... Read More

Personal Stories of Difficulties and Progress in Prayer

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Description: This week, Dan and Melissa share their personal stories of difficulties and progress in prayer and how we can overcome these obstacles to God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How have Dan’s Into the Deep parish events impacted its participants? Saint Paul says in his letter to the Philippians chapter 1, verse 6, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work... Read More

Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

November 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditations, Solemnity

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe* Thy Kingdom Come! The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is, but the kingdom of God is within us (cf Luke 17:20-21), for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart (cf Deuteronomy 30:14). Thus it is clear that he... Read More

Questions on Discerning God’s Voice in Prayer – DI Radio Show and Podcast

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Description: Dan and Melissa answer listener questions on discerning God’s voice in prayer and spiritual reading versus scriptural reading during prayer time.  Topics/Questions covered on the show: Common questions on discerning God’s voice in prayer. If we can meditate more easily on spiritual reading rather than Scripture, should we only pray using spiritual reading? How do we know... Read More

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining... Read More

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