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Evangelization and the Interior Life

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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 is one... Read More

Inspired by the Children of Fatima

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Our Lady of Fatima (Week 5 of 8) What a range of chapters this week! How can you not be inspired by the children of Fatima? I was torn…the kidnapping of the three children is tantalizing and quite a tale, but I keep coming back, in my own heart, to the continuing development of the children’s spiritual life. Jacinta was too unselfish to be able to dwell long or complacently on her own... Read More

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Suffering with a Smile – God Loves a Cheerful Giver Our Lady of Fatima (Week 4 of 8) And Francisco! What a comfort he was! He seemed not only to accept suffering, but to love it, as the saints do who follow in the footsteps of the Crucified. “Our Lady told us we would have much to suffer,” he would say. “That doesn’t matter to me, I will suffer everything as much as she wants!”... Read More

The Promise of Much to Suffer

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Promise of Much to Suffer Our Lady of Fatima (Week 3 of 8) “Then you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.” Mary to the 3 children at Fatima, May 13, 1917 Our reading today takes us on quite a journey, though it doesn’t go very far. Our three shepherd children—Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco—have been in the same area, and yet they have had... Read More

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Are Your Children Open to the Miraculous or do You Unwittingly Stifle Their Faith?   Our Lady of Fatima (Week 2 of 8) What interested Jacinta most was the story of the Passion of Christ, which Lucia, with the native talent that shows sporadically in her four memoirs, must have made graphic enough. Jesus praying alone in the Garden while His friends slept and His enemies plotted; Jesus being... Read More

Announcing our Next Book – Our Lady of Fatima

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our Lady of Fatima (Week 1 of 8)   In honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to the children of Fatima (May 13, 2017), we are excited to embark with you on a journey through time and space to a small village in Portugal where the magnificent events took place. If you’ve ever asked yourself, What was so special about Fatima? Or, What were the mysteries surrounding... Read More

How to Confront “The New Morality” with Truth and Beauty

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

How to Confront “The New Morality” with Truth and Beauty Seeds of the Word (Week 11 of 11) How well do Christians know the theories of their intellectual enemies? Can we identify their blind spots and the flaws in their logic? Have we read the great Christian apologists — G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Ronald Knox, Fulton Sheen — and can we wield their arguments against... Read More

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Using the Bible as the Lens for Life Seeds of the Word (Week 10 of 11) Have you ever logged into someone else’s Facebook account? If you did, especially if it’s someone who doesn’t share all your viewpoints, you may be surprised at how things appear in their feed. You might, in fact, start to question whether the algorithms that underlie the way we consume information—in many... Read More

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action,... Read More

Who Is a None? And Why Are There So Many?

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Seeds of the Word (Week 9 of 11) Just what—or who—is a “None”? Have you ever heard that phrase before to describe people’s religious affiliation? I remember hearing about the findings of the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey when they were originally published. There was an outcry about the “Nones,” those people who self-identify as, well, nothing.... Read More

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