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Vocal Prayer

Vocal Prayer   Presence of God – Lord, teach me to pray! MEDITATION When one of His disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), He taught them a very simple vocal prayer: the Our Father. It is certainly the most sublime formula possible and contains the whole essence of the most elevated mental prayer. However, Jesus gave it as a formula for vocal prayer: “When you pray, say …” (Luke 11:2).... Read More

Transitioning to a Deeper Union with God – DI Radio Show and Podcast

Description: What happens to a holy soul during the “dark night”? Today, Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles explore the meaning of the “dark night of the soul” and St. Thérèse’s experience transitioning to a deeper union with God.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: How is St. Thérèse’s description of “the dark night of the soul” similar to that of St. John of the Cross? What... Read More

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy — Easter Week

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Divine Mercy, Easter, Prayer, Resurrection

Contemplating the Triumph of Mercy   The Resurrection is a mystery of the triumph of divine mercy over human misery. When the Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, humble humanity was not overcome, surmounted or diminished. Instead, all that is good, holy and true about this life was rescued from futility and death. Christian contemplation beholds this victory and by faith allows the splendor of Easter morning to baptize... Read More

Growing in Prayer

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec, Prayer

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Growing in Prayer   Growing in prayer is one of the most important things we can do in our spiritual lives. In fact, our entire spiritual life is dependent on the state of our prayer life, the foundation of our relationship with God. The Avila Institute provides a place for the faithful to make progress in the spiritual life by taking courses designed to help bring their minds and hearts closer to God. “Prayer is difficult,... Read More

Tears and Prayer

Tears and Prayer It is said that after his conversion, Saint Ignatius could not stop weeping. He shed tears all the time. This is so much the case that only through the gift of tears do we really understand the spiritual exercises that he proposed. Saint Teresa of Ávila also recommends this way of tears. In them is found a mysterious consolation that only God’s presence can give. For great mystics like Saint Teresa of Ávila... Read More

St. Therese’s Journey Through the Dark Night of the Soul

Description: This week Dan, Melissa and Dr. Anthony Lilles discuss St. Thérèse’s journey through the dark night of the soul and the intense suffering that it caused her.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why does St. Thérèse refer to herself as “a grain of sand”? The writings of St. Thérèse reflect those of St. John of the Cross: we must study the life of Jesus and imitate Him in everything we do. We... Read More

Are You Looking to Re-invigorate Your Parish?

Do you want to help your parish or friends deepen their faith and learn to hear and follow the voice of God in their lives? Would you like to see those you love learn how the enemy can influence them and how they can be set free? Dan Burke’s events have drawn thousands to a deeper relationship with God. Dan is a man broken by sin and loved and redeemed by God. Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, SpiritualDirection.com,... Read More

Spiritual Desolation and Humility

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Books, Charlie McKinney, Humility

Spiritual Desolation and Humility   An advantage of spiritual desolation is that it produces a deep and true humility in us. When we hear a sermon on humility, or read a spiritual treatise, or meditate seriously, we come to the conclusion that we are very miserable beings. But this conviction is no more than theoretical. When we are told that there are torrid regions in Africa, and that the temperature is oppressive, and... Read More

The Handmaid of the Lord

The Handmaid of the Lord Presence of God – O Mary, you who called yourself the handmaid of the Lord, teach me how to consecrate all my strength and life to His service. MEDITATION All the splendors—divine filiation, participation in divine life, intimate relations with the Trinity—which grace produces in our souls are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force, a realism, wholly singular. If, for example, every soul in the... Read More

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Prayer and the Struggle to Forgive     One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt us. But when the memory... Read More

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