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Check Out the New Avila Institute Summer Courses!

May 2, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Classes, Kristin Aebli

Check Out the New Avila Institute Summer Courses! Graduate Studies Program   Introduction to Spiritual Theology This systematic presentation of Spiritual Theology and the principles of spiritual direction is geared toward personal appropriation for those involved in the apostolate. Lecture topics include the universal call to holiness, the indwelling of the Trinity, the nature and stages of Christian perfection, the supernatural... Read More

Did You Hear the News? Join Us for the Avila Summit this Summer!

April 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Avila Summit, Events, Kristin Aebli

Did you hear the news? Just this week, Dan Burke was approached by a benefactor. Wishing to remain anonymous, the benefactor did something amazing. This person paid for half of the next 75 Avila Summit tickets. Register for the 2018 Avila Summit for just $250, while the 75 tickets remain (as I'm writing this, there are actually 65 left!). If you want to be a part of this milestone event held this July 13-15 at the Shrine of... Read More

Introduction to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

A soul united to Jesus is a living smile that radiates Him and gives Him. – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity “Letters from Carmel” In 2016, Pope Francis announced the canonization of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite nun of the early 20th century. Saint Elizabeth was set upon nothing less than dwelling in God and allowing Him to dwell in her. This was her sole focus. She lived with such an intensity... Read More

Avila Institute Events

February 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke, DI Radio, Events, Kristin Aebli, Show Notes

Join Dan Burke and guest, Kristin Aebli, as they speak about important events happening at the Avila Institute. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is an “Into the Deep” event? How are retreatants impacted by the event? What effect does the event have on one's spiritual life after the event is over? What is the format of the “Into the Deep” event? Dan and Kristin speak with retreatants about their... 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 be understood as to understand, To... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Course (Part 1)

“Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9 Do you have trouble hearing the voice of God? Do you want to grow in your spiritual life? Are you struggling to overcome sin? Join us at the Avila Institute for a course that will... Read More

Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux

January 11, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli

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Introduction to St. Therese of Lisieux “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux St. Thérèse was born in France on January 2, 1873. She was raised in a family of great faith, and when Thérèse was nine years old, her older sister, Pauline, entered the Carmelite monastery of Lisieux.... Read More

The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer

January 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli, Prayer

The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.” – The Our Father prayer Starting with an overview of the revelation of prayer... Read More

Wisdom of the Saints

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli, Saints

Wisdom of the Saints  St. Athanasius to St. Bernard of Clairvaux  Venerable Pope John Paul I said, “If all the sons and daughters of the church would know how to be tireless missionaries of the Gospel, a new flowering of holiness and renewal would spring up in this world that thirsts for love and for truth.” As holy examples of God's people, the saints offer an abundance of wisdom and encouragement for the Church.... Read More

Transformation in Christ

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli, Transformation

Transformation in Christ   “The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it…Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love.” ­–  Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1999, 2000 When... Read More

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