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Climbing the Mountain


Climbing the Mountain “Come, let us climb the mountain of the Lord…” Isaiah 2:3 “Moving on from there Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the mountain, and sat down there.  Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.” Matthew 15:29-30 Was Jesus being insensitive?  I mean, not only... Read More

Living the Miraculous in a Time of Magic

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


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

Why We Need Lourdes

February 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Healing, Marriage, Mary, Pilgrimage


Why do we need Lourdes? Of all of the Marian shrines in the world, Notre Dame de Lourdes in France is most associated with healing. Bernadette Soubirous and the Lady On February 11, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous went to Massabielle on the banks of the river and saw a lady dressed in white in a grotto. She saw her a few more times before the lady asked her to return every night for a fortnight, and Bernadette complied.... Read More

Dodging the Widowmaker

September 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, General, Healing

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Heart Surgery: Dodging the Widowmaker A number of months ago my spiritual director insisted, under obedience, that I get back into an exercise habit. In her wisdom, I suspect, she knew that I would never skip my Liturgy of the Hours routine so she asked me to do this portion of my prayer while on the elliptical machine ensuring I also made physical exercise a daily habit. I reluctantly obeyed and have been faithful to the Holy... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5

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Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5 Spiritual Life talk with Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5 ~~ Dan Burke spent a week discussing his suffering, conversion and healing with EWTN’s Johnnette Benkovic on her show, Women of Grace. Dan captures the stages of the spiritual life in his award-winning book, “Navigating the Interior Life“. In the second episode... Read More

How to Forgive

June 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. Najim, Healing, Spiritual Direction, Videos


How to Forgive How to forgive: a frequent issue for many people! Given Christ’s injunction that we are to forgive, while it can be easy to give advice, it can be a difficult thing to carry out and implement.  Father Michael Najim helps us get some perspective on why people hurt us, where it comes from, the pain involved.  Then, he shares advice he gives people. + Editor’s Note: Tomorrow is Pentecost. Pray that the... Read More

Does emotional suffering hinder spiritual growth?

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Dear Dan, since many people may suffer from some level of emotional immaturity due to childhood experiences, what effect does this have on becoming spiritually mature? Problems such as shyness, depression, lack of self-confidence, sensitivity to criticism, etc. affect trust in God and being able to benefit from spiritual direction. What advice would you give those are in such a situation who are seeking spiritual direction but... Read More

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