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About Anthony Lilles

Anthony Lilles, a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. He and his lovely wife, Agnes, are blessed with three children and live in California, where he is the Academic Dean of St. John's Seminary, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Academic Advisor at Juan Diego House, House of Formation for Seminarians. Dr. Lilles worked for the Denver Archdiocese for over twenty years directing parish religious education, R.C.I.A. and youth ministry as well as serving as Director of the Office of Liturgy for the Archdiocese and as Coordinator of Spiritual Formation for the permanent diaconate. In 1999, he became a founding faculty member of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary where he was eventually appointed Academic Dean for nine years. He is an associate professor of theology and a Board Member for the Society of Catholic Liturgy. Dr. Lilles has provided graduate level courses on a variety of topics including the Eucharist, the Sacraments of Healing, Church History, Spiritual Theology, Spiritual Direction and on various classics of Catholic Spirituality. His expertise is in the spiritual doctrine of Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St. Thérèse of Lisieux. In 2012, Discerning Hearts published his book "Hidden Mountain, Secret Garden: A Theological Contemplation on Prayer," a compilation of discussions with seminarians, students and contemplatives about the spiritual life. Among his many accomplishments and responsibilities, Dr. Lilles now teaches theology for the Avila Institute. He blogs at BeginningtoPray.blogspot.com

The Life of Prayer: The Sure Path to Freedom

October 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, Freedom, Holy Spirit, Prayer

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The Life of Prayer: the sure path to freedom Christian prayer is a simple movement of the soul towards God. It is a movement of love, by which we cling to Him with the boldness of faith, trusting in his loving kindness. This movement of love is also a conversation, a heart to heart, in which He listens to all our concerns with the greatest of interest and in which He also shares the concerns of... Read More

That Loving Knowledge of God

September 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Featured, God's Love, God's Will, Knowing God, Silence

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That Loving Knowledge of God Although the Almighty is beyond the power of human understanding to grasp, Christians believe that knowing God’s Will is possible because Jesus, in his humanity offered for our sakes, has given us real access to God. The kind of knowledge the Risen Lord gives us is different than the merely factual kind of knowing. Such factual knowledge is all about simply knowing... Read More

St. Bernard and Coming to the Fullness of Love

August 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Contemplation, Featured, Prayer

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(Memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church) St. Bernard built a way of life that flowed from Chapter 73 of the Rule of St. Benedict. In this final chapter, St. Benedict urges monks to learn the discipline of the Christian life he has presented because it is a good beginning, the minimum needed to make progress in a life devoted to Christ. Once one makes a good beginning,... Read More

Pilgrimage: Camino Primitivo to Santiago de Compostela

July 2, 2014 by  
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Editor’s Note:  Dr. Anthony Lilles recently made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the place, where tradition holds, St. James the Apostle, whose feast the Church celebrates on July 25th, is buried.  In this post, Dr. Lilles reflects on his journey, and on pilgrimage in particular. On Corpus Christi, Father Piotr Mozdyniewicz and I said goodbye to the pilgrims who journeyed with... Read More

Christian Prayer

May 6, 2014 by  
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Christian prayer is a true conversation with God. This holy dialogue is based on a real relationship between the Giver of all good gifts and the one who offers sacrifice, between the Protector and the one who seeks His will.  Both the similarity and difference of the human person to God together create the boundaries for this relationship. Above the horizon of creation, the Creator draws His work... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 14)

May 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Saints and Blesseds, Videos

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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 14. Dr. Lilles on Meeting Pope John Paul II from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 13)

May 2, 2014 by  
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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 13. Dr. Lilles on Pope John Paul II on America the Possible from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book,... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 12)

May 1, 2014 by  
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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 12. Dr. Lilles on the Prayers of Pope John Paul II from Avila Institute on Vimeo. Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 11)

April 30, 2014 by  
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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 11. Dr. Lilles on an Unlikely Conversion from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new book, Hidden Mountain... Read More

Celebrating St John Paul II’s Canonization — (Part 10)

April 29, 2014 by  
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This post is part of a series of talks by Dr. Anthony Lilles celebrating St. John Paul II’s canonizaton, April 27th, Divine Mercy Sunday 2014. 10. Dr. Lilles on Pope John Paul II and St John of the Cross from Avila Institute on Vimeo.   Video used with permission [Celebrating John Paul II's Canonization]. Editor’s Note:  For Dr. Lilles’ insights on prayer, don’t miss his new... Read More