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Avila Course “More Fruitful Than I Could Have Imagined”

Vita Rinaldi just finished her first course with the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Vita Rinaldi. Photo used with permission.

Vita Rinaldi. Photo used with permission.

She shared the following:

My decision to become a student with the Avila Institute was not any easy one. In fact, I thought about it for more than a year. I just did not see how I could add one more task to my very full day.

I was also a little intimidated by the idea of going back to school. It has been well over 20 years since I have been in a graded classroom setting. And I had never taken an online class. The changes in technology can be quite overwhelming.

But I took a step out in faith and just trusted that God would take care of whatever needed taking care of. And He did. of course. Taking the “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God” course in the School of Spiritual Formation has been a true blessing in my life.

I enjoyed all the course materials and found the time I spent doing the readings and recording the journal entries easily managed. There was plenty of help from the institute to get me through any bumps in understanding the technology so that became less of a concern as the class progressed. 

I highly recommend enrolling and taking a class. The time spent listening to the lectures and hearing other students questions was so much more fruitful than I could have imagined. My relationship with God has been strengthened by this experience. I have already signed up for another 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. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, 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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