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Introduction to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

A soul united to Jesus is a living smile that radiates Him and gives Him. – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity “Letters from Carmel” In 2016, Pope Francis announced the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite nun of the early 20th century. Saint Elizabeth was set upon nothing less than dwelling in God and allowing Him to dwell in her. This was her sole focus.... Read More

Avila Institute Events

Join Dan Burke and guest, Kristin Aebli, as they speak about important events happening at the Avila Institute. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an “Into the Deep” event? How are retreatants impacted by the event? What effect does the event have on one's spiritual life after the event is over? What is the format of the “Into the Deep” event? Dan and Kristin speak... Read More

Introduction to Saint Francis of Assisi

February 15, 2018 by  
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Peace Prayer Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To... Read More

Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux

January 11, 2018 by  
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Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux St. Thérèse was born in France on January 2, 1873. She was raised in a family of great faith, and when Thérèse was nine years old, her older sister, Pauline, entered the... Read More

The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer

January 4, 2018 by  
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The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.” – The Our Father prayer Starting with an overview... Read More

Wisdom of the Saints

December 21, 2017 by  
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Wisdom of the Saints  St. Athanasius to St. Bernard of Clairvaux  Venerable Pope John Paul I said, “If all the sons and daughters of the church would know how to be tireless missionaries of the Gospel, a new flowering of holiness and renewal would spring up in this world that thirsts for love and for truth.” As holy examples of God's people, the saints offer an abundance of wisdom... Read More

Transformation in Christ

Transformation in Christ   “The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it…Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love.” ­–  Catechism of the Catholic... Read More

Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling

How Sanctifying Grace Makes us like God

The Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling “St. Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit directs us towards the great values of love, joy, communion, and hope: our task is to experience them every day.” –Pope Benedict XVI The greatest gift God has favored us with is the love of Christ, a love expressed in His death on the cross. Through this love, He remains with His Church to the... Read More

Avila Institute Courses Can Change Your Life – Testimonials

October 5, 2017 by  
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Avila Institute Testimonials Are you looking to delve into the breadth and beauty of the Catholic prayer tradition? Are you being called to develop a higher relationship with our Lord? Do you yearn to know how to deepen your prayer life? The Avila Institute offers an array of life-changing courses for the faithful from all sorts of different backgrounds. We aim to instruct students in the rich... Read More

One Thing Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration   “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.” – St. Augustine What is Eucharistic adoration and why do Catholics worship Jesus under the appearance of bread? God humbly comes to us as nourishment through the Host. This is a great mystery... Read More

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