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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

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

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

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

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

The Biblical Worldview of the Saints

January 26, 2017 by  
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The Biblical Worldview of the Saints: The Key to Spiritual Growth   The Avila Institute provides a great opportunity to be transformed by the biblical worldview of the saints. Ranging from personal enrichment to graduate-level, the Avila Institute has courses for students of all levels and educational background. At the Avila Foundation, we love the saints. For those who want to grow deeper in their faith, there are no... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology?

Why Study Spiritual Theology? 7 Reasons Avila Institute Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology   To learn from our top-notch faculty: The quality of our faculty is one of the greatest things about the Avila Institute. In the Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology, the majority of our professors have Doctorates in theology, and many have published books which are leading the faithful closer to Christ. Many readers of SpiritualDirection.com... Read More

St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel

December 13, 2016 by  
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St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel   I want to reflect upon some of St. Francis' contributions to the Church. Saint Francis of Assisi in meditation. St. Francis of Assisi was first and foremost a man of the Gospel. Wholly devoted to the Gospel message, Francis founded an order dedicated to living a life of poverty and preaching the message of salvation. He did this in the midst of a world obsessed with wealth and... Read More

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

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