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The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa's Diamond The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond.... Read More

4 Ways to Increase Patience

4 Ways to Increase Patience Patience is so important that Jesus Christ, our model in all virtues, said: “In your patience you shall possess your souls” (Luke 21:19, Douay-Rheims). One pious soul prayed in desperation: “Lord, give me patience right now!” Maybe this has been your prayer for the last few years. Our patience can be tested by various circumstances: the failure of health, economic setbacks, family members who... Read More

Why Human Suffering?

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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

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

Surrendering to God’s Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?

Surrendering to God's Will: Essential to Authentic Spiritual Life?   I have a question that might seem obvious to many but not so to me. The question is this. Is the surrender to the will of God the fundamental perquisite and non-negotiable attitude, to have an authentic spiritual life? This is a great question. Basically, it’s one way to ask about the relationship between prayer and action, between spiritual growth and... Read More

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I. I am the Lord your... Read More

What We Can Learn from Average Americans Who Were Great

May 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Spiritual Life, Vicki Burbach

Life of Christ (Week 5 of 27) There is a law written across the universe, that no one shall be crowned unless he has first struggled. No halo of merit rests suspended over those who do not fight. Icebergs that float in the cold streams of the north do not command our respectful attention, just for being icebergs; but if they were to float in the warm waters of the Gulf stream without dissolving, they would command awe and wonderment.... Read More

St. Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life

March 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Life, The Cross

Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity – On the Meaning of Life   For Blessed Elisabeth, the beginning and end of human life is a great hymn of praise. She held this as true for her married sister, a young mother, as she did for her fellow Carmelite nuns. She boldly affirmed that the very source of our existence is in the Son whose mysterious canticle of praise to the Father is the source of eternal joy. She contemplated the... 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 mind. Yet... Read More

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