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Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute

Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute “To give, and not to count the cost to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will” – St. Ignatius of Loyola The Graduate program at the Avila Institute will help guide you through your Catholic journey of faith. The program involves... Read More

What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II

February 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Connie Rossini, Meditation, Prayer

What is Christian Meditation? How to Pray – Part II Before we dig into how to pray, we need to clarify what we mean by “meditate.” Many people are surprised to hear the saints and the Church talk about meditation. To them, the word “meditation” evokes images of Buddha or TM (Transcendental Meditation) practitioners. Ironically, most people in the West are now more familiar... Read More

My Director Hasn’t Seen Me – I Need His Counsel: What Now?

November 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors

My Spiritual Director Hasn't Seen Me ~ I Need His Counsel: What Now?   Dear Father John, My spiritual director is also my parish priest. I have been seeing him for several years. I have been very displeased with how things have been going lately. In his defense he has made it clear that most parish priests don't take on spiritual directees because they don't have a lot of time to give spiritual... Read More

Finding God Through Meditation – Week 1 of 7

Finding God Through Meditation (Week 1 of 7) Welcome back! After a brief sabbatical allowing everyone to get their “fall” activities underway, we are back and very excited to begin the latest addition to Dan Burke's Navigating the Interior Life Series, Finding God Through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcántara. Since I've shared the blurb on the back of the book in past weeks, today... Read More

Challenges in Prayer: Day 20, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about challenges in prayer? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXLIII Toledo, November 26, 1576* To Don Luis de Cepeda, At Torrijos Acknowledgment of money received. Sister Beatriz of Malagón. Spiritual advice. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Ghost be ever with your Honor. I received your letters and the four... Read More

Wisdom on Mental Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 8

Wisdom on Mental Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 8 “Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation.” – St. Teresa of Avila. Dan and Melissa look at progressive development in prayer and the spiritual life as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila and her wisdom on mental prayer. Topics/Questions... Read More

Walking Together in Suffering

30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 6 of 6) …He is a most faithful friend. Let us feel confident that He has considered what is best for souls — all else matters little in comparison. Eternal weal or woe is what signifies; so I beg of you, for love of our Lord, not to brood over your reasons for sorrow but to think about what is consoling. Day 28, St. Teresa's letter, paragraph 3 How... Read More

The Blessing of Suffering: More than a Cute Catholic Phrase

30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 4 of 6) I realize better every day what grace our Lord has shown me in enabling me to understand the blessings of suffering so that I can peacefully endure the want of happiness in earthly things since they pass so quickly. Day 15, paragraph 1 of St. Teresa's letter to Don Alvaro de Mendoza The Blessing of Suffering is More than a Cute Catholic Phrase Reading and... Read More

God’s High Expectations for Us

30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 2 of 6) Do not suppose that you will have to offer God no more than you have planned; you will have to give Him much more. He rewards good works by sending us an opportunity for greater ones. It is nothing to give coppers—they cost us little—but when people stone you and your son-in-law and all of us who have taken part in the matter (as they nearly did in Avila... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila

30 Days with Teresa of Avila (Week 1 of 6) Please join us for a brief but profound foray into the heart and mind of one of the greatest doctors of the interior life, Saint Teresa of Avila! If you've been following the book club but have had trouble finding time to commit, this book promises to be the perfect introduction for your participation. The following paragraph is taken from the back... Read More

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