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Are You on the Path to Holiness?

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The upcoming Fall Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a Graduate Program course on Introduction to Spiritual Theology taught by Dr. Joseph Hollcraft. You can sign up for this course or Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering by applying for the Graduate Studies Program. Are you on the path to holiness? Everyone is Called to Grow in Holiness Avila Institute Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology “We must... Read More

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity?

Corpus Christi Sunday: A Symbolic Solemnity? I wanted to share with you a conversation I found myself in a few weeks ago.* I found it relevant as these are the days we are reflecting into Corpus Christi. Friend: “What gives you reason to believe the Eucharist is more than a symbol?” Me: “What gives me reason to believe that it is not?” Friend: “Because, nowhere in Sacred Scripture does Jesus Christ say that ‘I am... Read More

Can You Pray for Me? 12 Points to Consider

Can you pray for me? 12 Points to Consider   Can you pray for me? These five words, when strung together, form one of the more important questions in the spiritual life. In and through intercessory prayer, God is asking us to enter more deeply into His outgoing love and mercy. God wants us to think like He thinks, act like He acts, live like He lives, and praying for others is a beautiful way of thinking, acting, and living... Read More

A Trip to the Cardiologist … and Our Spiritual Health

A Trip to the Cardiologist … and Our Spiritual Health   I just left the doctor’s office for my annual check-up. Per the norm, I was given the results of my blood test that was taken the day before. As I skimmed over my comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) (electrolytes, kidney function, liver function and such) I noticed my glucose levels were running a little high. Sure, I thought to myself, I have certainly been... Read More

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross

August 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Joseph Hollcraft, The Cross

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made to consider the relevance of August 18, if any, to my dissertation topic on poverty and the new evangelization in the writings of Saint John... Read More

Intimacy and Evangelizing — A Heart for Evangelizing

July 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Books, Evangelization, Joseph Hollcraft

Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Avila Professor, and Dan Burke (who also teaches at the Avila Institute!) Editor's Note: Dan Burke says that Dr. Joseph Hollcraft “reveals that the advance of the Kingdom of God must begin first within our own hearts and then extend to those around us. Without this inner work of conversion and union with God, our efforts will yield far less than we would desire.” Professor Hollcraft, who teaches... Read More

Be Genuine — Great Lenten Metanoia Project!

February 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Joseph Hollcraft, Lent, Spiritual Direction

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

BE GENUINE Great Lenten Metanoia Project! [Recently] I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to talk about the nature of repentance. It was a life-giving conversation. Last night, I received a phone call from someone, unrelated to the call the night before, who wanted to talk about, well — repentance. Clearly, people are interested in this all important word that is essential to our conversion and transformation... Read More

What if I Told You this New Year’s Resolution to Take Some Weight Off?

What if I Told You This New Year's Resolution to Take Some Weight Off? I live less than a mile from the most popular Fitness Center in Butte County here in Northern California – In Motion Fitness, and as the New Year is suddenly upon us, I am seeing that annual overflow of traffic that comes with everyone’s “New Year’s resolution”. Who has not made that January 1st commitment to shed the holiday pounds? What typically... Read More

A King’s Riches

August 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Joseph Hollcraft, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

A King's Riches The story is told of Alexander the Great, that one day, upon heading home from a victorious battle, his caravan came upon a beggar by the roadside who asked for a copper coin. Initially, the courtier sent him away, but King Alexander intervened and asked what the poor man wanted. The courtier said a copper coin. After looking at the man, he returned to his carriage to grab a bag of coins. He returned to the beggar... Read More

Grace (Like in Sap)

June 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Grace, Joseph Hollcraft, Joy

Grace (Like in Sap) Editor's Note:  Having introduced Dr. Joseph Hollcraft to you in April as a Professor with the Avila Institute here, today we have the great pleasure of acquainting you with his writing.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! I still remember the opening tune to the popular Saturday morning show Land of the Lost. My favorite subject matter in grade school was the dinosaur age. I would often... Read More

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