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The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive the gifts to help the virtues,... Read More

Action of the Holy Spirit

The Action of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, make me realize Your action in my soul; teach me to recognize it and correspond with it. MEDITATION Just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in the most holy soul of Christ in order to bring it to God, so He abides in our souls for the same purpose. In Jesus He found a completely docile will, one that He could control perfectly, whereas in us He often meets resistance, the... Read More

Sweet Guest of the Soul

Sweet Guest of the Soul   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You who deign to dwell in me, help me to open my soul completely to Your action. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mystici Corporis states that “the Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church.” Because soul means “principle of life,” this statement equivalently says that the divine Paraclete is the One who gives life to the Church. As the soul is the principle of life... Read More

Joy in God’s Will – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: How can we find joy in God’s will for us? Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss the wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the role of Our Lady in the spiritual life and the importance of humility. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why would anyone look outside of the Church for spiritual sustenance? Why is St. Thérèse of Lisieux so important in our time? Why should anyone read her writings? Why... Read More

Peace of Soul and Humility

Peace of Soul and Humility   Nothing troubles us so much as self-love and self-regard. Should our hearts not grow soft with the sentiment we desire when we pray and with the interior sweetness we expect when we meditate, we are sorrowful; should we find some difficulty in doing good deeds, should some obstacle oppose our plans, we are in a dither to overcome it, and we labor anxiously. Why is this? Doubtless, because we love... Read More

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness     Who would find this easy to believe: that mildness is just as necessary as force, perhaps even more so, to become a saint? Mildness is not weakness; rather, it is an indication of strength. Weak souls do their works with noise and show; the strong operate with marvelous gentleness. Life is as strong as it is gentle; love is as powerful as it is deli­cate. Hence, the action... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 2 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts   Description: In part 2 today, Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost and take a more in-depth look at his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we employ the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and grow in holiness? What is piety and how can we live it? What are the different... Read More

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Part 1 – DI Radio Show and Podcast

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts   Description: Dan and Melissa speak with Dr. Kevin Vost about his book, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to God’s Invincible Gifts. Questions/Topics discussed on the show: What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and why are they important? Why are St. Thomas Aquinas... Read More

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church The upcoming Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a course on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church taught by Dr. Ben Nguyen. You can sign up for this course by applying for the School of Spiritual Formation.   For many, the Holy Spirit is the most difficult Person of the Trinity to understand. God as Father is revealed by one of our first and most important relationships... Read More

When Joy is Wrong – According to St John of the Cross

September 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Joy, Marriage Spirituality, Matthew Leonard

When Joy is Wrong According to St John of the Cross   We’re all aware we shouldn’t take inordinate pleasure in earthly/temporal goods (which remains a problem for most of us). Affected by the original sin of Adam and Eve, we tend to focus too much on the things of this world. The clichés of women craving shoes and men drooling over cars is rooted in reality. We like stuff. Again, it’s not that any of these things are... Read More

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