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My Family is Struggling and I Need Help…


“My son is a college student who is struggling with some very tough issues. As his mother, I realized I was not equipped to help him. I went to Mass weekly, went to confession yearly, and said my prayers, but it had simply become the minimum of what I had to do. After taking the course, Discernment of Spirits, I realized that the minimum would not help my family. I needed spiritual strength to support my son and, by making... Read More

Getting Started at the Avila Institute as Easy as Ready, Set, Go!


Getting Started at the Avila Institute So you have this ache to better know God and respond to His call on your life but formal education just seems too intimidating? Well, in the hopes of encouraging you past this obstacle, we work hard to make the process very easy! So you’ve decided that studying spiritual theology is for you. (Not sure? See “Why study spiritual theology?”) Now, how do you get started with the Avila... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 5 of 5

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Marta Goodwin, Spiritual Direction, Videos


The long awaited 5th part of “Women of Grace” series Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You with Dan Burke and Johnnette Benkovic is now available. In the final part of the series, Dan delves into how a person’s spiritual progress relates to whether you run from your suffering or embrace it, what Spiritual Direction is and the relationship between a Spiritual Director and Directee. Dan Burke, founder... Read More

Are You Longing for a Deeper Prayer Life?

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Marta Goodwin, Prayer, Webinar


The four waters of prayer as taught by St. Teresa of Avila is one of the most beautiful analogies of growth in prayer provided by the saints. In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. ~ St. Teresa of Avila On June 28th, Dan Burke, author of Navigating... Read More

Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute

January 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Marta Goodwin


Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute: Join Catholics from around the world in deepening their understanding of the magisterium faithful mystical and ascetical patrimony of the Catholic Church. The Avila Institute provides spiritual education and formation to all those who seek to grow in the knowledge of the teachings of the Church and disseminate that knowledge to others. Just in case we... Read More

School of Spiritual Formation

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Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction was formed in 2009 to disseminate faithful Catholic spirituality and to encourage and help anyone who has questions about our faith by answering those questions. We continue to add new bloggers, formed a book club, hold webinars, and formed the Avila Institute to fulfill this mission. And, we continue to develop new ways to help illumine the path to Heaven that God has prepared for you. It is... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life: Now in Audible Format

April 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

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Audible Format Now Available for “Navigating the Interior Life” Audible Format Now Available! Audible Format of Navigating the Interior Life Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, We are grateful to announce that Navigating the Interior Life is now available in a downloadable audio format! Greg Willits did a fantastic job helping Emmaus Road make “Navigating the Interior Life” accessible to those who... Read More

A Lenten Reflection – Less of Martha to More of Mary

February 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Lent, Marta Goodwin, Seasonal Meditations


Last night we received a slight dusting of snow and then it iced covering the trees encapsulating them in to delicate figurines gleaming in the morning sunlight. While it looks beautiful, I sit on my couch in the warmth of my home knowing how frigid the air outside is. I should be used to it by now having been born and raised in New England and now raising my own family here, but I am starting to get cabin fever. It’s been a... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life – Video with Dan Burke Regarding His Book

Navigating the Interior Life Video (with Dan Burke Regarding his New Book) Navigating the Interior Life Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Spiritual Direction is for every person. The Spiritual Direction Book Club will soon begin reading Dan Burke’s book on spiritual direction. Today’s video is an interview with Dan Burke regarding his book, which was really birthed by the many,... Read More

Video – Help me understand confession

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Help Me Understand Confession Help Me Understand Confession: Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about how to better understand confession. + “The Father has shown forth his mercy by reconciling the world to himself in Christ and by making peace for all things on earth and in heaven by the blood of Christ on the cross. The Son of God made man lived among us in order to free us from the slavery of sin and to call us out... Read More

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