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Freedom in Christ: Practicing Discernment of Spirits

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ To learn more about Discernment of Spirits and the life of freedom in Christ, sign up for our upcoming webinar (online mini-course) on Saturday, February 18th. Living in Freedom through Discernment of Spirits What chains or addictions are holding you back? We all have our own addictions, our own struggles that we can never seem to shake and keep us from living a life of freedom in Christ. For some, it doesn’t... Read More

A Video from Dan Burke (Avila Advocates)

A Video from Dan Burke Dear Friends, I would like to share with you the latest exciting news regarding the world wide impact of the Avila Foundation, a look at what else is going on behind the scenes, and new initiatives as well. If you were not able to join us on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, for our on line Avila Advocate Call meeting you will find a recording of the meeting below, as promised. We are most grateful for all of... Read More

Join Dan for His Avila Advocate Call

Join Dan for His Avila Advocate Call   Whether you support us, the Avila Foundation, by praying, volunteering, donating financially or sharing our work with others, thank you for being a partner in the work of the Avila Foundation. Your support for SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio move our ministry forward. We are grateful for all you do. I will be having a call... Read More

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life

November 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Humility, Prayer, Prayer Life, Trust in God, Webinar

Learning to be Scrappy in the Spiritual Life My father was the first son of a single mom who had next to nothing. He never graduated from college but with hard work and tough lessons, he was able to retire by the age of 45. I learned a lot from him growing up. One principle that he worked hard to teach me was to be “scrappy.” He taught me to be scrappy in life and this scrappiness has also translated well to developing a healthy... Read More

Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell?

September 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Webinar

There is a troubling phenomenon noted by several Doctors of the Church regarding the common waning of spiritual development after a period of progress. It often happens after a fervent soul makes notable gains against habitual mortal and then venial sin. It can also happen on the back side of any virtue-based victory. The soul becomes satisfied with itself and then reaches for the cruise control button to relax at a pace that seems... Read More

Webinar: On the Road to Holiness with Teresa of Avila

August 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Teresa of Avila, Webinar

Webinar: On the Road to Holiness with Teresa of Avila

If you would like to learn more about the great mystic, Teresa of Avila… …this webinar will open the door of insight into one of the most powerful leaders in the past 500 years of Church history. We have limited seating, so don’t put off your registration! St. Teresa of Avila was and is a spiritual warrior who illumined the path to God and the depths of prayer like no other. Her fame and draw emanate from the... Read More

Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter?

July 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Webinar

Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter - SpiritualDirection.com

Why Does Spiritual Direction Matter? St. Bernard of Clairvaux once said, “He who constitutes himself his own spiritual director is the disciple of a fool.” Why would such a gentle saint make such a harsh statement? It is because he saw many good souls get stuck spiritually. He once also lamented that many who make initial progress in the interior life get stuck and very few make it past the most basic progress. St. John of... Read More

Life-Changing Summer Reading Program and Webinar

May 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Webinar

Life-Changing Summer Reading Webinar - SpiritualDirection.com

Summer starts officially in less than a month — are you ready? (Also, don’t miss the “Life-Changing Summer Reading” webinar opportunity at the end of this post!) I teach a course called “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God” for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. In this course I have had the great blessing of watching hundreds of God’s good people grow more deeply in their prayer and... Read More

I can’t escape the darkness, please help…

Man with conceptual spiritual body art

Desolation of the soul is easy to come by in challenging times. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a master at studying and understanding the darkness that too frequently overshadows the soul. In his spiritual exercises he describes desolation this way: “I call desolation… darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, hopelessness,... Read More

Are You Longing for a Deeper Prayer Life?

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Marta Goodwin, Prayer, Webinar

The four waters of prayer as taught by St. Teresa of Avila is one of the most beautiful analogies of growth in prayer provided by the saints. In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. ~ St. Teresa of Avila On June 28th, Dan Burke, author of Navigating... Read More

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