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The Lord by Servant of God Fr. Romano Guardini

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Announcing Our Next Book: The Lord by Romano Guardini The Lord (Week 1 of 23) Dear Spiritual Direction Family, Please join our Book Club as we read one of the great treasures of Catholic thought – The Lord, by Romano Guardini. Following are the accolades from the back of my edition: “Monsignor Guardini…has written more than just the life of Jesus. He places that life in the context of... Read More

Bookmark Brief: How To Read Your Way To Heaven

Bookmark Brief: Vicki Burbach on Her Book “How To Read Your Way To Heaven”   Hello, Faithful Readers! As you may recall, Vicki Burbach has a new book out titled How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone In Between. EWTN's Doug Keck has put together a mini-interview of our own Vicki Burbach, who you may... Read More

Finding God through Meditation Start Date

The Next Book: Finding God Through Meditation Book Club Book Begins October 6 The Next Book Club Book Stay tuned in – we begin the next book in just ONE week! Edited by our own Dan Burke, this book promises great wisdom and should be an important resource for spiritual growth.   The following is from the back of the book:   Finding God through Meditation by St. Peter Alcántara is the... Read More

Get Ready for Finding God Through Meditation

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Dan Burke, Vicki Burbach

Get Ready for Next Book! Finding God Through Meditation – Begins October 6, 2015 Get ready for our next book!  Stay tuned in – we begin our next book in just TWO weeks! This work was edited by our own founder of and the Avila Institute: Dan Burke. And, the book promises great wisdom and should be an important resource for spiritual growth.   The following is from... Read More

Confessions of St Augustine

The Confessions of St Augustine (Week 1 of 15) Please join us in reading one of the greatest spiritual works of all time!  Written by a Doctor of the Church who is one of the most intellectual and spiritual  giants in all of history, The Confessions of St Augustine promises to be, not just a fantastic read, but a transformational experience.  The following was found on the back of my copy: By... Read More

30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Days 1 & 2

30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Days 1 and 2   Dan and Melissa discuss detachment and suffering by reflecting on the first two letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Attachments: How to recognize them. Are they bad? What are the steps to achieving detachment? How can we obtain freedom and peace through detachment? Dan... Read More

Book Club Information

July 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

 Book Club Information Dearest Book Club Friends, I'm writing this post to share a few important pieces of information. First, hopefully, you've noticed the new book club graphic.  A wonderful artist, Suzanne Hurtig, created this for us, so that book club posts would be easily identifiable.  From now on, this is the graphic you will see atop all book club posts. Second, but not least important,... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Wk 5 of 6

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Navigating the Interior Life Week 5 of 6 St. Teresa of Avila in her powerful illumination of this place of spiritual growth revealed that getting through the “purgative way” can be a challenge that requires steadfast determination…. “Nevertheless, the assault which the devils now make upon the soul, in all kinds of ways, is terrible; and the soul suffers more than in the preceding... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life: Dan Burke Video

Navigating the Interior Life Video (with Dan Burke Regarding his New Book) Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Spiritual Direction is for every person. The Spiritual Direction Book Club will soon begin reading Dan Burke's book on spiritual direction. Today's video is an interview with Dan Burke regarding his book, which was really birthed by the many, many... Read More

Mortification: A Bad Word?

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Mortification – A Bad Word? As much mortification as possible, especially of the tongue. I must always be ready to humble myself, especially when things go badly. Bodily mortifications are to be few but constant, and without excessive obligation. I will give up salt altogether; I will never eat fruit in the evening, and never drink more than one glass of wine. As a general rule, I will always... Read More

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