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Why is Contemplative Prayer So Important?

Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor What are the three types of prayer? There are three types of prayer: vocal, meditative, and contemplative. Vocal prayer can include basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc. and also the words in our mind that we share with God. However, vocal prayer is not enough to sustain a growing relationship with God because we actually need to speak with Him through another... Read More

Help Young Men Thrive in Their Priestly Formation

Through God’s grace, the Avila Foundation has begun working with dioceses to prepare future priests for seminary! We have designed a powerful program, in concert with recent requirements for a Propaedeutic (preparatory) year established by the Holy See, which introduces future seminarians to formation regarding: Sacramental Participation with Emphasis on the Eucharist and Confession Foundational Liturgical and Mental Prayer... Read More

The Dark Night of the Soul

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dark Night, Kristin Aebli, Perseverance, Virtue

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) St. John of the Cross is one of the most misunderstood of the spiritual Doctors of the Church, yet his wisdom has led untold numbers of thirsty pilgrims to pure wells of salvation, contemplation, and union with God. In this course, we will explore Saint John’s life as a spiritual doctor, introduce his major writings and... Read More

The Good Life 101

Why is it good to be good? Christian human perfection is a spiritual union with God, which can be attained in this life. However, it exists alongside human misery, rebellious passions, and venial sin; therefore, it is not absolute perfection. If Christ exhorts us to “be perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect,” just how does one go about ‘doing' this? Does human perfection consist in an assent to a set of... Read More

Who is the Center of Your Life?

Exploring the Source and Summit Christ should be the center of our daily lives.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian Life” (CCC 1324 citing Lumen Gentium 11). First of all, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Last Supper as He offered His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity for the whole world. Christian spirituality flows from the... Read More

Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Divine Mercy, Kristin Aebli, Prayer

Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” – St. Faustina   God is merciful and His abundant love never fails us. The greatest act of mercy from God towards humanity was to send His only Son to suffer on a cross and die for the sins of the... Read More

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

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

The Mystery of Angels and Demons

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Angels, Avila Institute, Classes, Demonology, Kristin Aebli

Angels and Demons “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” God created purely spiritual beings called angels. Although unseen, angels are present... Read More

Why Human Suffering?

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Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion, and Human Suffering   One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is its willingness to ask tough questions in pursuit of the truth. Popes, theologians, and saints have never been afraid to ask the hard questions about human suffering. The tradition of the Church is full of people pursuing answers to the hardest questions about the meaning of life, suffering, and mercy. Saint... Read More

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