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A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With her own energetic style,... Read More

Therese of Lisieux: Brevity of Life, Glory of Heaven, Beauty of Suffering

The Brevity of Life, the Glory of Heaven, and the Beauty of Suffering How can we find encouragement here on earth? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the brevity of life, the glory of heaven and the beauty of suffering through the perspective of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Topics/Questions covered in the show: St. Thérèse responds to her sister, Leonie, about the emotional difficulties accompanying the death of their... Read More

The Benefits of Spiritual Formation from the Avila Institute – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the benefits of spiritual formation from the Avila Institute on the soul. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the Avila Institute? What courses are coming up this Fall? What is spiritual theology? What impact does the Avila Institute have on the prayer lives of the students? How does the international reach of the Avila Institute affect the... Read More

A Kneeling Theology

A Kneeling Theology In order to be a compelling force in social renewal, theological wisdom needs the animating power of mystical wisdom. The study of theology needs to be imbued with a deeper contemplation of the Word made flesh. Some presume that recourse to prayer in the context of theological study is anti-intellectual, a flight into fantasy, or even an escape into the merely affective. Such prejudice indicates a disconcerting... Read More

The Foolishness of Following God – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How influential is the world when one is discerning God's will? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles reveal the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the “foolishness” of following God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can wisdom from the saints relate to our time? How will one's perspective of the world change when he or she sees things through the eyes of Christ? Why has Celine's desire... Read More

Make Known the Mercies of God

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Make Known the Mercies of God In the name of the Father, Christ sends His disciples into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to make known the mercies of God. The humble movement of God’s heart reaching out to ours, extending even into the deepest recesses of our misery, ought to evoke our love and gratitude. Those who come to realize what Christ suffered for their sakes yearn to give a return. They are so overcome by... Read More

Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we deepen our prayer life? Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about his book Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom to explain the importance behind contemplative prayer and the reasons to make it part of one's daily prayer life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What was the motivation behind writing the book? What significance is behind making the sign of the cross? Is... Read More

How God Works with Our Humanity to Bring About Holiness – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: When faced with difficulty choosing her vocation, Celine leans on the wisdom of her sister, St. Thérèse, to help discern God's will in her life. Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss how God works with our humanity to bring about holiness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does this letter tell us about St. Thérèse? Is St. Thérèse suggesting that once Celine conforms her will to God's,... Read More

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge     In mystical contemplation, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding move the soul in delightful ways that it does not understand. Divine light and warmth enkindle the depths of the soul and completely captivate the mind. Reason does not lead the way but is led to silent surrender with great spiritual fruitfulness. Here, the limits of human intelligence are... Read More

Confidence in God Can Change Everyday Life – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: Why should we have confidence in God? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the unmatched confidence that St. Thérèse has for her Beloved and how this confidence in God can change everyday life. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Thérèse has absolute confidence in Jesus and offers her life to Him in loving, trustful surrender. How can we come to understand that God is arranging the events of our life... Read More

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