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Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion, and Human Suffering   One of the beautiful things about the Catholic Church is its willingness to ask tough questions in pursuit of the truth. Popes, theologians, and saints have never been afraid to ask the hard questions about human suffering. The tradition of the Church is full of people pursuing answers to the hardest questions about the meaning of life, suffering, and mercy. Saint... Read More

Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience

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Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience Religious orders take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. But did you know that the laity can live out these virtues in their own way? In fact, living out the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience can be a great way to grow in holiness. The evangelical counsels are proposed by the Church as means by which we may avail ourselves to a conversation with the Risen Lord that... Read More

3 Ways to Discern the Voice of God

Do you want to be set free? When he is teaching on Discernment of Spirits, Dan Burke often says that “not all of the voices in your head are from you, and you don’t have to listen to them.” Find out how to learn more about discerning the voice of God via this post! “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36 Do you believe that the Christ has the power to set you free? Whatever you are... Read More

What is the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology?

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec

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 Theology? Learn more at our... 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 at the Avila Institute. “The... Read More

Evangelization and the Interior Life

Evangelization and the Interior Life   The Avila Institute offers courses in spiritual formation for the faithful from all sorts of different backgrounds. We aim to instruct the faithful in the rich mystical tradition of the Church so that they may grow closer to Jesus Christ, the source of their salvation, and share Him with others. A course on evangelization and the interior life is one of many courses we offer that investigate... Read More

Growing in Prayer

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dylan Jedlovec, Prayer

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Growing in Prayer Growing in prayer is one of the most important things we can do in our spiritual lives. In fact, our entire spiritual life is dependent on the state of our prayer life, the foundation of our relationship with God. The Avila Institute provides a place for the faithful to make progress in the spiritual life by taking courses designed to help bring their minds and hearts closer to God. “Prayer is difficult,... Read More

Spiritual Discipline of Detachment

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Detachment, Dylan Jedlovec

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 and prayer. For this post, I... Read More

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church   For many, the Holy Spirit is the most difficult Person of the Trinity to understand. God as Father is revealed by one of our first and most important relationships with our earthly father. God the Son reveals to us the scandalous grace that is the Incarnation. Christ as the Son of the living God is relatively easy to relate to because He became man in order to relate to us. But where... 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 prayer is something granted... Read More

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