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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

Melancholic Temperaments, Desires, Temptations, God’s Will

Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about melancholic temperaments, desires versus temptations, and discerning God's will. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can someone keep a melancholic, emotional temperament under control? What is wrong with the Buddhist practice of “mindfulness” popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn? What is the examen prayer? What is the difference between desires... Read More

Emotions in Prayer

Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about emotions in prayer and helping loved ones come to Christ. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Do the rules of St. Ignatius of Loyola's discernment of spirits have anything to do with emotion in terms of consolation and desolation? How can I get the feeling that I am actually praying when I have to read prayers due to lack of memorization? How can I encourage... 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

Are You Looking to Re-invigorate Your Parish?

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Debbie Aguiar, Discernment of Spirits, Events, Prayer

Do you want to help your parish or friends deepen their faith and learn to hear and follow the voice of God in their lives? Would you like to see those you love learn how the enemy can influence them and how they can be set free? Dan Burke’s events have drawn thousands to a deeper relationship with God. Dan is a man broken by sin and loved and redeemed by God. Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, SpiritualDirection.com,... 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 that hold them back from living... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola

Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian at some point in his or her journey of faith ends up asking the question: How do I know when the thoughts I have are from God? Discerning the will of God is not always easy to do, but the Ignatian tradition of discernment of spirits can help. Íñigo López de Loyola was a soldier who experienced a conversion while recovering... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14: The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves as a chief bent on conquering... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 13: False Quiet

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius' thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed.... Read More

Discernment of Spirits Rule 11: Personal Voyages of Consolation and Desolation

Discernment of Spirits: Personal Voyages Description: This week Dan and Melissa discuss how the rules of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's Discernment of Spirits have impacted their personal voyages. Topics/Questions covered in the show: The rules of The Discernment of Spirits that have had the most impact on Dan and Melissa. Which rules seem to be the most important in establishing a closer relationship with Christ? Is a daily examination... Read More

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