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Finding a Relationship with God at the Avila Institute

As staff, we hear over and over that the courses offered at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation are life-changing.

This correspondence from a religious brother recently was inspiring for us to read. The brother wrote:

I am beginning to believe that a relationship with God is actually possible. As we discussed God's desire for us and the reason for our creation, I realized that God loves me and actually desires an intimate relationship with me. I don't know how to get there yet but the idea is burning deep within me – I can't stop thinking about it.

The Avila Institute was established to help people in all vocations to grow deeper in their formation and relationship with God.

Another student, a contemplative nun of 40 years, said, “Deep in my heart is a hunger for this union with God and it is edifying to share that hunger with those who are also taking the course.” She shared that though she has a life centered on prayer, she is always trying to learn more, to get past aridity and get closer to God.

These experiences are shared by our students in all vocations – priests, deacons, religious, and lay people – because our common vocation is the vocation to holiness. Will you consider allowing the invitation of God, and the opportunity for a relationship with God, to inspire you to try a course?


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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