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Ascetical Theology, Finding a Spiritual Director, Distractions in Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and dealing with distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is ascetical theology? What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology? What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross? Is... Read More

To Prepare Our Hearts for the Coming of the Savior

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and purpose of Advent? Why should we fast during Advent? How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas? What are... Read More

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate

Education and Culture at the Service of the Apostolate Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to put into the service of the apostolate all the talents I have received from You. MEDITATION Together with the natural virtues placed at the service of apostolic charity, it is also necessary to consider the other human qualities which give the apostle an ascendency in his field of activity, not for his... Read More

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls   Jesus lives mystically in souls, reproducing in them all the mysteries of His mortal life. With the keen in­tuition of her love, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood the mystery of this mystical sleep, expressing it with her inimitable language, full of ingenuous and truest poetry: “Jesus slept in my boat, as was His wont. But how rarely will souls allow Him... Read More

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness

Gentleness Indispensable on Path to Holiness     Who would find this easy to believe: that mildness is just as necessary as force, perhaps even more so, to become a saint? Mildness is not weakness; rather, it is an indication of strength. Weak souls do their works with noise and show; the strong operate with marvelous gentleness. Life is as strong as it is gentle; love is as powerful as... Read More

Snow and the Spiritual Life

Snow and the Spiritual Life   What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?   Editor's Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology?

Why Study Spiritual Theology? 7 Reasons Avila Institute Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology   To learn from our top-notch faculty: The quality of our faculty is one of the greatest things about the Avila Institute. In the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology, the majority of our professors have Doctorates in theology, and many have published books which are leading the faithful closer to... Read More

Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie

January 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Discernment, Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

Guidance for Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie   There is a movie coming out of Martin Scorsese called, Silence. It was screened by The Vatican, I think. It is about how the Jesuits were evangelizing Japan, and all the socio-economic and cultural challenges, related to trade etc. occurring at that time. Since it is about Faith, do you have a resource that analyzes where the... Read More

Understanding Dreams

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

Understanding Dreams   Dear Father John, I have a question and seeking an explanation. If any I'm a recovering addict and have spiritually renewed myself. Gave myself to God and my chains have been broken. Since then I have had two dreams or nightmares (if that's what you call them) but they were both battling and fighting demons. The first dream I awoke feeling scared and a little confused. The... Read More

How to Pray Honestly – Honesty with God

November 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Honesty, Prayer, Spiritual Direction

How to Pray Honestly: Honesty with God   “Let’s be honest.” “I’ll be honest with you.” “Honestly…” “Honest to goodness.”   These are all phrases we’ve either heard or spoken numerous times. As children, we were taught that telling the truth is the right thing to do. And yet how many of us got into trouble – or maybe even still do! – for lying? But what does honesty... Read More

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