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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 go about getting started with... Read More

Making the Most of Advent

Making the Most of Advent Advent is here. Are you ready? How can prepare spiritually for Christmas? Dan and Melissa discuss ways we can make the most of Advent, and how we can prepare our hearts for Christmas during Advent with devotional ideas and lots of resources.   Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why is Advent so important in the liturgical calendar? How does imagery, like icons and manger scenes, help to orient... Read More

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind?

How Should I Spiritually Feed My Mind? Dear Father John, I notice that, as I've grown spiritually, I don't read the same things that I used to do because for one, they don't seem as interesting, and two, they don't seem to nourish me spiritually.  How should I spiritually feed my mind? IN OUR POST-CHRISTIAN culture, the spiritual, moral, and intellectual atmosphere that surrounds our daily activities contains anti-Christian values.... Read More

Distractions in Prayer

Distractions in Prayer Golden Lion Tamarin monkey, Adrian Pingstone, 30 July 2003, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons. What do giant trees and screaming monkeys have to do with praying? Dan and Melissa will tell you. Join them as they discuss reasons why we are distracted in prayer, and offer some strategies to deal with the distractions in prayer. “A Hermit Praying”, Gerrit Dou, between 1645 and 1675, PD-US author’s life plus... Read More

Surviving Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 28 Pt 2

Surviving Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 2, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio St. Teresa reveals the secrets to working through and surviving suffering. Dan and Melissa continue their discussion of St. Teresa's letter of consolation to her friend Doña Maria de Mendoza from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we condition ourselves spiritually to withstand... Read More

Joy in Suffering: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 28 Pt 1

Joy in Suffering 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Part 1, Day 28 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio In the midst of her own suffering, St. Teresa “lifts the eyes” of Doña Maria de Mendoza who is experiencing trials. St. Teresa consoles her friend by helping her to understand God's role in her suffering. Dan and Melissa discuss joy in suffering, suffering, emotions, and acts of the will as they reflect on letters from St.... 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 in my country there is only... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do with Faith? (Part II of II)

August 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Development, Spiritual Life

What do books have to do with faith? (Part II of II) Editor's Note:  In part one, we looked at what literature is and the magnificent power of poetry.  Today, we will examine drama and fiction, and talk about the positive effect that the fine arts can have on our spiritual development. Here is the question we are looking at: Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don't need stuff like that to have... Read More

What Do Books Have to Do With Faith? (Part I of II)

What do books have to do with faith? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, I notice there is a book club on this site.  We don't need stuff like that to have a relationship with God.  What do books, or literature–other than the Bible, the Good Book–have to do with faith anyway?  Please help.  I am trying to understand. INFORMING AND FORMING our intellectual power is essential for learning to love God with our whole... Read More

You’re Never Too Old to Grow in the Spiritual Life

  Spiritual Life This testimonial was submitted by Jeanette Woodley and is used with her permission. I am retired and am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I became fully engaged in a spiritual formation experience within “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God.” It’s been a long time since I sat in a ‘classroom’ and I really looked forward to the online teaching sessions, assignments and the question-and-answer... Read More

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