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Discernment of Spirits Course (Part 1)

“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9

Do you have trouble hearing the voice of God? Do you want to grow in your spiritual life? Are you struggling to overcome sin?

discernment of spirits

Join us at the Avila Institute for a course that will review scripture, tradition, and mental prayer through the teaching's of St. Ignatius of Loyola that will help you discover the depths of God and the way He is moving in your life. 

Be aware of the spiritual battle around you, understand how God is moving in your life, and take action to draw near to God. Break free from the bondage of habitual sin and allow Christ to transform your life as you unite yourself more to His most Sacred Heart.

“Discernment of Spirits Part One” will explore the theory and practice of the discernment of spirits as embodied in St. Ignatius of Loyola’s fourteen rules. These spiritual exercises provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of the discernment of spirits in the Christian spiritual tradition. We will discuss the Ignatian tradition by drawing upon both the original text and a commentary of St. Ignatius’s fourteen rules of discernment. This School of Spiritual Formation course will be part of a two-part series with a follow-up course, “Deeper Discernment of Spirits”, that will cover new material on this topic and dive deeper into the fourteen rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

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Art for this post Discernment of Spirits (Part 1): The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living by Father Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. (Oblates of the Virgin Mary) book cover, used with permission.

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About Kristin Aebli

Kristin Aebli is the Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at the Avila Foundation, parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio. Receiving the position was providential and in God’s perfect timing. Although cradle Catholic, in college she reverted and became confirmed in the Church. Kristin graduated with a degree in Communications from Samford University and she still enjoys ministering to college students through the Samford Catholic Student Association. Kristin is happy to be a part of the Firelight college ministry, is involved with Apostoli Viae and also a Young Professionals Bible study. For fun, Kristin enjoys discussing theology with friends, recording her podcast "Catholic After Dark", dancing, singing, cooking, writing and painting. She hopes to continue growing in her faith through the sacraments and involvement with faithful community.

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