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The Biblical Worldview of the Saints

January 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec, Spiritual Theology

The Biblical Worldview of the Saints: The Key to Spiritual Growth


The Avila Institute provides a great opportunity to be transformed by the biblical worldview of the saints. Ranging from personal enrichment to graduate-level, the Avila Institute has courses for students of all levels and educational background.

At the Avila Foundation, we love the saints. For those who want to grow deeper in their faith, there are no better sources than the saints. They found their nourishment in Sacred Scripture where they encountered God and immersed themselves in His word. The Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of Holy Scripture in cultivating a relationship with our Divine Creator:

“In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God.’ ‘In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.’”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 104

When you read the writings of the saints, particularly the Doctors of the Church, you realize how deep their knowledge of Sacred Scripture is. Everything they write comes from a deep understanding of Scripture and its application to the spiritual life. Ralph Martin, in his book The Fulfillment of All Desire, discusses what he calls the biblical worldview of the saints:

“It’s possible to focus on the particular teachings of these Doctors of the Church and not yet notice the powerful vision of reality—the biblical worldview—that forms the framework of their teaching. Yet it’s almost impossible to understand the sense of a particular teaching unless one understands the larger framework, which is nothing less than the fundamental structure of reality—past, present, and future—that is unfolded to us in biblical revelation.”

  • Ralph Martin, The Fulfillment of All Desire.

A biblical worldview is essential to growth in the spiritual life. While there are plenty of writers on the spiritual life, the saints are the best people to study because they are deeply rooted in this biblical world-view and their writings have been examined through the lens of the Church. By reading their writings, we can come to understand the big picture of the Gospel as well as the verses that apply to the different circumstances of everyday life. The saints understood that the study of theology must be accompanied by a rich prayer life, where we get to converse with God our Father. A theologian who doesn’t pray has little credibility, because he or she never comes to a place of encounter with the God. In the midst of a world where technology creates a sort of information overload, the saints remain a trusted source of wisdom rooted in prayer and the word of God.

At the Avila Institute, students can learn how to understand Scripture as the saints did in a way that transforms their hearts and sanctifies them. With the help of the Avila Institute, you can learn to put Scripture at the heart of all you think, say, and do. Students testify time and time again that the Avila Institute doesn’t just form them intellectually; it transforms their relationship with Jesus Christ.

We hope you consider applying for the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology at the Avila Institute. We are committed to helping you grow in your relationship with Christ through immersion in the biblical worldview and the mystical tradition of the saints. To read more and figure out which program is for you, visit our website. Don't hesitate to contact us with questions at We can't wait to hear from you!


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About Dylan Jedlovec

Dylan Jedlovec was formerly an Operations Administrative Assistant at the Avila Foundation, parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio. Finishing up an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Economics from Samford University, Dylan is first and foremost a disciple of Christ and a son of the Church. Dylan has a heart for evangelization on college campuses, and has worked closely with FOCUS as a student missionary and served as President of the Catholic Student Association at Samford. As a member of the University Fellows Program at Samford, Dylan developed a love for the writings of the Saints, particularly the Doctors of the Church, through his studies of the core texts of the Western Intellectual Tradition. This love for the rich intellectual tradition of the faith brought him to the Avila Foundation, where he seeks to further the kingdom through feeding Christ’s sheep. In his free time, Dylan enjoys watching baseball, reading, hiking, running, and lifting weights (although you can’t really tell).

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