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Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation – Winter Session

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School of Spiritual Formation Winter Session Many people are not aware that the Avila Foundation, parent organization of spiritualdirection.com, is also home to Divine Intimacy Radio and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Since 2013, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation has been instructing the faithful across the world in spiritual theology. The great thing about the School of Spiritual Formation is that it... Read More

As Darkness Descends

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As darkness descends in the U.S. and around the world, so the light of God is ascending in the hearts and minds of His people. As politicians and political systems fail us, Catholics and seekers alike are looking for more substantive answers regarding how to face this growing storm. Jesus, in the seventh chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, unpacks the answer to surviving and thriving in the storm. He reveals that those who build... Read More

My Family is Struggling and I Need Help…

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“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

Out of the Darkness: Spiritual Warfare and Discernment of Spirits

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Sometimes we are in darkness and believe that the distressing feelings and thoughts originate from within our own souls when, in fact, they were inspired by the enemy and we merely accepted them as our own. Only through learning about and practicing discernment of spirits can we begin to recognize the voice of the enemy of souls and how we can reject that powerful whisper with the greater power of the liberating presence and truth... Read More

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

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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

Living the Miraculous in a Time of Magic

November 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Healing, New Age

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Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic The Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation is excited to announce a new course, Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic, being offered beginning in January, 2016. This course will compare and contrast key aspects of Christianity in comparison with the New Age religion. The... Read More

Avila Institute: “Much Needed Haven”

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Recently, we received some correspondence from Sister Catherine Seychell, who shared her journey to the Avila Institute and how it continues to impact her. We’re reprinting it here, because of what a powerful story it is. We’ll be posting information on upcoming courses soon. My spiritual director had long been trying encouraging me to follow a course in spiritual direction. I was reluctant because in my country there... Read More

Spend Fall Growing Closer to God

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It’s not too late to register for Fall 2015 courses at Avila! At the Avila Institute, our goal is to help students grow closer to Christ. We do this through teaching spiritual theology and, specifically, helping students deepen their relationship with Christ. This is more than knowledge; it’s an investment in your soul. This is our final course listing for the Fall 2015 Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation courses.... Read More

Reflecting on the Journey’s End: Avila to Aspen Wrap-Up

August 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila to Aspen Blog, Fr. John Hilton

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Reflecting on the Journey’s End: Avila to Aspen Wrap-Up Fr. Hilton is back in Aspen, Colorado, after his journey across the United States this summer for the Avila to Aspen initiative. Here’s the trip by the numbers: 54 days total. 3398.56 miles traveled from Anacortes, Washington, to Bar Harbor, Maine. 365.8 hours biking. Here are a few of our favorite videos from Fr. Hilton’s trip: Day 1: The send-off in... Read More

Give Yourself an Eternal Education

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Give Yourself an Eternal Education [Avila Course] “I am a better Christian and [a] more humble and prayerful priest because of the three courses I have done with the [Avila] Institute,” wrote Fr. Teboho Martin Makoro, one of the priests who benefits from the education we offer. Our focus at the Avila Institute is on teaching spiritual theology and, specifically, helping students deepen their relationship with Christ. Another... Read More

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