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What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology?

The Avila Institute helps the faithful grow in the interior life through the School of Spiritual Formation. For those who want to go deeper, we offer another program: The Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology. This article explores the answer to the question: what is the graduate program? You can apply today. What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology? What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual... Read More

The Wisdom of the Saints

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The Wisdom of the Saints The Graduate Program at the Avila Institute provides an opportunity for you to receive a graduate-level education in spiritual theology from renowned professors online at your convenience. The program can be taken over the course of two to four years. The following post reflects on how the wisdom of the saints becomes a reality in the Graduate Program for Spiritual Theology... Read More

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple   “Without me, you can do nothing.” These words from Christ Himself in the Gospel of John (John 15:5) capture the essence of how our attitude towards prayer should be. Prayer involves our effort and cooperation with grace, especially in the early stages. But without the grace of God we cannot achieve anything through prayer. In fact contemplative... Read More

Freedom in Christ: Practicing Discernment of Spirits

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ Living in Freedom through Discernment of Spirits What chains or addictions are holding you back? We all have our own addictions, our own struggles that we can never seem to shake and keep us from living a life of freedom in Christ. For some, it doesn’t take much digging to know what plagues them. For others, it may take some searching to find in the depths of their heart the things... Read More

The Biblical Worldview of the Saints

The Biblical Worldview of the Saints: The Key to Spiritual Growth   The Avila Institute provides a great opportunity to be transformed by the biblical worldview of the saints. Ranging from personal enrichment to graduate-level, the Avila Institute has courses for students of all levels and educational background. At the Avila Foundation, we love the saints. For those who want to grow deeper... 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

St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel

St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel   I want to reflect upon some of St. Francis' contributions to the Church. Saint Francis of Assisi in meditation. St. Francis of Assisi was first and foremost a man of the Gospel. Wholly devoted to the Gospel message, Francis founded an order dedicated to living a life of poverty and preaching the message of salvation. He did this in the midst of a world... Read More

Getting Started at the Avila Institute Easy as Ready, Set, Go!

Getting Started at the Avila Institute So you have this ache to better know God and respond to His call on your life but formal education just seems too intimidating? Well, in the hopes of encouraging you past this obstacle, we work hard to make the process very easy! So you’ve decided that studying spiritual theology is for you. (Not sure? See “Why study spiritual theology?”) Now, how do you... Read More

Much Needed Haven

Sr Catherine Avila Institute

Recently, we received some correspondence from Sister Catherine Seychell, who shared her journey to the Avila Institute and how it continues to impact her. We're reprinting it here, because of what a powerful story it is. We'll be posting information on upcoming courses soon. My spiritual director had long been trying encouraging me to follow a course in spiritual direction. I was reluctant because... Read More

Contemplative Prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 21

Contemplative Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss stages of prayer and the transitions between the stages, focusing particularly on contemplative prayer. Join them as they reflect on letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative prayer, or contemplation? How... Read More

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