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Experiencing God: The History of Catholic Spirituality

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Experiencing God: The History of Catholic Spirituality   Apply for the School of Spiritual Formation at the Avila Institute to take courses such as today’s featured course: “Experiencing God: The History of Catholic Spirituality”. This summer at the Avila Institute, Professor Patrick Linbeck is teaching a new course in the School of Spiritual Formation titled “Experiencing God: The History of Catholic... Read More

The Theology of Christopher Nolan

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The following post is written by Julie Jessmon, a student at the Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation. Julie has taken 6 courses in the School of Spiritual Formation including the upcoming course, “Batman and the Theology of Christopher Nolan.” Read on to find out what she learned in this course that impacted her life. You can apply to take the course today. Healing Interior Wounds at the Avila Institute “Whether... Read More

4 Ways to Discern the Voice of God

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Do you want to be set free? When he is teaching on Discernment of Spirits, Dan Burke often says that “not all of the voices in your head are from you, and you don’t have to listen to them.” Find out how to learn more about discerning the voice of God via this post, and be sure to register for our upcoming webinar (mini-course) on Discernment of Spirits on June 7th at 8:30pm Eastern! “If the Son makes you free, you will... Read More

What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology?

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec

The Avila Institute helps the faithful grow in the interior life through the School of Spiritual Formation. For those who want to go deeper, we offer another program: The Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology. This article explores the answer to the question: what is the graduate program? You can apply today. What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology?   What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology? Learn more... Read More

Wisdom of the Saints

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Wisdom of the Saints The Graduate Program at the Avila Institute provides an opportunity for you to receive a Graduate-Level education in spiritual theology from renowned professors online at your convenience. The program can be taken over the course of two to four years. The following post reflects on how the wisdom of the saints becomes a reality in the Graduate Program for Spiritual Theology at the Avila Institute. “The... Read More

Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

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Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities You may have heard of the School of Spiritual Formation, where students at the Avila Institute can take courses on special topics to help them grow in the spiritual life. The Avila Institute also has a graduate-level program for those who want to study at a higher academic level. Today’s post highlights a course from the program taught by Dr. Anthony Lilles: Christian and Non-Christian... Read More

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 of many courses we offer that... Read More

Growing in Prayer

April 18, 2017 by  
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Growing in Prayer   Growing in prayer is one of the most important things we can do in our spiritual lives. In fact, our entire spiritual life is dependent on the state of our prayer life, the foundation of our relationship with God. The Avila Institute provides a place for the faithful to make progress in the spiritual life by taking courses designed to help bring their minds and hearts closer to God. “Prayer is difficult,... Read More

Spiritual Discipline of Detachment

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Detachment, Dylan Jedlovec, Virtue

The Avila Institute helps students grow in their own personal spiritual journey while also equipping them with knowledge about the faith. The great thing about the Institute is that it helps students to grow in their prayer lives and spiritual discipline. Each class is prayerful with plenty of material for students to reflect on outside of class. Many students finish the class having grown in virtue and prayer. For this post, I... Read More

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church The upcoming Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a course on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church taught by Dr. Ben Nguyen. You can sign up for this course by applying for the School of Spiritual Formation.   For many, the Holy Spirit is the most difficult Person of the Trinity to understand. God as Father is revealed by one of our first and most important relationships... Read More

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