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Freedom in Christ: Practicing Discernment of Spirits

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ To learn more about Discernment of Spirits and the life of freedom in Christ, sign up for our upcoming webinar (online mini-course) on Saturday, February 18th. Living in Freedom through Discernment of Spirits What chains or addictions are holding you back? We all have our own addictions, our own struggles that we can never seem to shake and keep us from living a life of freedom... Read More

A Video from Dan Burke (Avila Advocates)

A Video from Dan Burke Dear Friends, I would like to share with you the latest exciting news regarding the worldwide impact of the Avila Foundation, a look at what else is going on behind the scenes, and new initiatives as well. If you were not able to join us on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, for our online Avila Advocate Call meeting you will find a recording of the meeting below, as promised. We... Read More

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life My father was the first son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college but with hard work and tough lessons, he was able to retire by the age of 45. I learned a lot from him growing up. One principle that he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” He taught me to be scrappy in life and this scrappiness has also translated... Read More

Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell?

September 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Webinar

There is a troubling phenomenon noted by several Doctors of the Church regarding the common waning of spiritual development after a period of progress. It often happens after a fervent soul makes notable gains against habitual mortal and then venial sin. It can also happen on the back side of any virtue-based victory. The soul becomes satisfied with itself and then reaches for the cruise control button... Read More

Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter?

July 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Webinar

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Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter? St. Bernard of Clairvaux once said, “He who constitutes himself his own spiritual director is the disciple of a fool.” Why would such a gentle saint make such a harsh statement? It is because he saw many good souls get stuck spiritually. He once also lamented that many who make initial progress in the interior life get stuck and very few make it past the most... Read More

Life-Changing Summer Reading Program and Webinar

May 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Webinar

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Summer starts officially in less than a month — are you ready? (Also, don’t miss the “Life-Changing Summer Reading” webinar opportunity at the end of this post!) I teach a course called “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God” for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. In this course I have had the great blessing of watching hundreds of God’s good people grow... Read More

I can’t escape the darkness, please help…

Man with conceptual spiritual body art

Desolation of the soul is easy to come by in challenging times. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a master at studying and understanding the darkness that too frequently overshadows the soul. In his spiritual exercises he describes desolation this way: “I call desolation… darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving... Read More

3 Ways: Longing for Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (4/4)

The Three Ways : Longing for the Face of God ~ Navigating the Interior Life (Part IV of IV)   In our first post of this series, we covered an introduction to the concept of the three ways of the interior life. In part II and part III we covered the first and second of the three ways. In this post we will finalize our exploration of the ways. Before we jump into this final post and close out this... Read More

Longing for the Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (II/IV)

The Three Ways: Longing for the Face of God and “Navigating the Interior Life” (Part II of IV) In our last post we introduced the concept of the three ways. In this post and those following we will explore general descriptions of each phase with help from a classic in Catholic spiritual literature, The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Chautard. I have provided the illustration again here for... Read More

Longing for the Face of God: Navigating the Interior Life (I/IV)

As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious continues to demonstrate that they are without mooring in the heart of Christ and the Church, it is important to continue to reorient ourselves to the timeless teachings of the one true faith. While they seek a cosmic evolutionary theology rooted in the incongruous musings of a questionable paleontologist (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin) and a New Age styled... Read More

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