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The Way to Mystical Union – Part 4 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 16, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer: Part 4: The Way to Mystical Union   Editor's Note: In Part 3, David Torkington wrote about how it is in giving that we receive. Today, he will introduce the way to mystical union and talk about ecstatic joy, how Christ prayed, the language of love, mystical revelations, and praying without ceasing.   If you are beginning a journey upon which your whole future depends,... Read More

It is in Giving that We Receive – Part 3 Mini-Course on Prayer

June 2, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, Prayer

Mini-Course on Prayer Part 3: It is in Giving that We Receive   Editor's Note: In Part 2, David Torkington wrote on St. Teresa of Avila's wisdom about going forward in prayer. Today, he will discuss how it is that in giving we receive. [Saint] Angela [of Foligno] calls prayer the ‘School of Divine Love', not just because it is the place where the selflessness that leads to love is learnt,... Read More

Introduction to Saint Francis of Assisi

February 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli, Saints

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

The Gift of Knowledge

The Gift of Knowledge   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me the nothingness of earthly things. MEDITATION By the gifts of fear, fortitude, piety, and counsel, the Holy Spirit regulates our moral life; whereas by the other gifts—knowledge, understanding, and wisdom—He governs our theological life more directly, that is, our relations with God. The first four gifts perfect the moral... Read More

Spiritual Discipline of Detachment

The Avila Institute helps students grow in their own personal spiritual journey while also equipping them with knowledge about the faith. The great thing about the Institute is that it helps students to grow in their prayer lives and spiritual discipline. Each class is prayerful with plenty of material for students to reflect on outside of class. Many students finish the class having grown in virtue... 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

Confirmation

Confirmation Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, come, work in me again and enable me to live like a true soldier of Christ. MEDITATION Baptism is the [very first] Sacrament of Christian initiation. It introduces us into the Church, God’s great family, and infuses into our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of the Most High and brothers of Jesus Christ. Confirmation... Read More

The Ugliest Rash in the World

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Humility, Judgment, Sin, Trent Beattie

The Ugliest Rash in the World   There’s a curious story about a middle-aged woman who moved to a new parish. One weekday after Mass, she noticed a couple emptying the St. Vincent de Paul food collection into the back of a shiny red SUV. The new parishioner was alarmed and, since there was no one else left in the church, immediately went to the parish office with her concern. “I’ve got to... Read More

Relics (Part III of III)

July 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

RELICS (Part III of III) Editor's Note:  In Part I, we took a look at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, saw evidence of relics in the Old and New Testaments and explained the three different types of relics. In Part II, we showed how relics reiterate the Incarnation.   Today, we will examine how relics reiterate the Resurrection.  Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John, The... Read More

Relics (Part I of III)

July 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Relics, Sacramentals

RELICS (Part I of III)   Dear Father John, The discussion about cremation and preserving the head of St. Catherine had me thinking. Why stop at the head? What about all the incorruptible bodies in the Church – St. Pio and St. Bernadette of Lourdes to name two – should they be on public display?? Is that a reverent ‘disposal' of the body? Kindly clarify. With thanks. It’s possible... Read More

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